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Robert Musils The Man Without Qualities: A Critical Study Philip Payne

Robert Musils The Man Without Qualities: A Critical Study

Philip Payne

Published August 26th 1988
ISBN : 9780521340328
Hardcover
256 pages
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Robert Musils The Man without Qualities is perhaps the most important novel in German written in the twentieth century - certainly it is among the most brilliant, puzzling and profound. This, the first comprehensive study of the work to appear inMoreRobert Musils The Man without Qualities is perhaps the most important novel in German written in the twentieth century - certainly it is among the most brilliant, puzzling and profound. This, the first comprehensive study of the work to appear in English, guides the reader towards Musils central concerns. It examines how Musil laboured through draft after draft to produce material that would pass his own strict literary quality control and traces major themes through different layers of narrative with the aid of close textual analysis. It details how Musil subjects leading figures of fin-de-siecle Vienna to intense ironic scrutiny and how, by drawing on his extensive knowledge of philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology and science, he works into his novel essayistic statements which record the state of contemporary European civilisation. Through a disturbing and deeply serious liaison with his sister, Musils hero Ulrich, is shown to struggle through to the brink of self-discovery and enlightenment.