Robert Musil's 'the Man Without Qualities': A Critical Study

May 7, 2009|
Robert Musil's 'the Man Without Qualities': A Critical Study by Philip Payne
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Robert Musil''s 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 Musil''s 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, Musil''s hero Ulrich, is shown to struggle through to the brink of self-discovery and enlightenment.
Preface; Part I. Aspects of Musil's life and works: 1. Impressions of Musil seen from within; 2. Musil from youth to maturity; 3. Musil's works, 1906-1924; Part II. 'The Man without Qualities': 4. Introduction; 5. A critical approach to the structure; 6. An investigation of two major themes; 7. Moosbrugger - a study in applied subjecti...
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Title:Robert Musil's 'the Man Without Qualities': A Critical Study
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 8.5 X 5.51 X 0.59 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.5 X 5.51 X 0.59 in
Published:May 7, 2009
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780521110600

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