Drei Frauen

ISBN-10: 1567924018

ISBN-13: 9781567924015

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Description: Robert Musil, a central figure in the modernist movement, is known primarily for The Man Without Qualities. But here, in these five stories - stories as crucial to the understanding of Musil's immense literary influence and significance as Joyce's Dubliners is to Ulysses - he displays another face, one that is by turns extravagant, sensual, mystical,and autobiographical. As Frank Kermode aptly notes in his preface, these stories "are elaborate attempts to use fiction for its true purposes, the discovery and regeneration of the human world."

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Publication date: 11/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Musil's Young Torless is a novel of troubled adolescence set in a military school, modeled on the one attended by both Musil and Rainer Maria Rilke. It was his first book and was immediately successful. He then abandoned his studies in engineering, logic, and experimental psychology and turned to writing. He was an officer in the Austrian army in World War I, lived in Berlin until the Nazis came to power, and finally settled in Geneva. He also wrote plays, essays, and short stories. The Man without Qualities, Musil's magnum opus, is a novel about the life and history of prewar Austria. It was unfinished when Musil died, though he had labored over the three-volume work for ten years. Encyclopedic in the manner of Proust and Dostoevsky, "it is a wonderful and prolonged fireworks display, a well-peopled comedy of ideas" (V. S. Pritchett)---and a critique of contemporary life. It made Musil's largely posthumous reputation. "Musil's whole scheme prophetically describes the bureaucratic condition of our world, and what can only be called the awful, deadly serious, and self-deceptive love affair of one committee for another" (Pritchett).

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