Man without Qualities: Into the Millennium and From the Posthumous Papers

Man without Qualities: Into the Millennium and From the Posthumous Papers


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"Musil belongs in the company of Joyce, Proust, Kafka, and Svevo. . . . (This translation) is a literay and intellectual event of singular importance."--New Republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679768029
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1996
Series: Vintage International Series , #2
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 1072
Sales rank: 383,080
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.93(h) x 2.08(d)

About the Author

Robert Musil was born in 1880 in Austria and studied at the military college in Vienna and undertook an engineering degree in Brno, Czechoslovakia, before turning to psychology and philosophy doctoral studies in Berlin, where he began to write. He married Martha Marcovaldi in 1911. He fought in World War I, where he befriended Franz Kafka in Prague. Following the war, Musil returned to a literary career in Vienna and Berlin, during which time he was nominated for the Nobel Prize. He was the author of Five Women, The Posthumous Papers of a Living Author, and The Confusions of Young Torless. His works were banned by the Nazis, and he and his Jewish wife went into exile during World War II. He died of a stroke in 1942. Musil's works began to reappear in the 1950s, and his unfinished The Man Without Qualities is generally considered to be one of the most important modernist novels.

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