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The Man Without Qualities, Vol.1: A Sort of Introduction and Pseudo Reality Prevails

The Man Without Qualities, Vol.1: A Sort of Introduction and Pseudo Reality Prevails

By Robert Musil
Translated by Sophie Wilkins & Burton Pike

Set in Vienna on the eve of World War I, this great novel of ideas tells the story of Ulrich, ex-soldier and scientist, seducer and skeptic, who finds himself drafted into the grandiose plans for the 70th jubilee of the Emperor Franz Josef. This new translation--published in two elegant volumes--is the first to present Musil's complete text, including material that remained unpublished during his lifetime.

This intriguing landmark of modernism from Austrian writer Robert Musil has been newly translated from the German by Sophie Wilkins and re-edited in a textual overhaul. This new edition includes portions of the author's original manuscripts that have never been published before. Though an imposing edifice of writing, devotees of literary modernism and anyone interested in the decline of the Austrian empire must read this sweeping, comic take on life in pre-Great War Vienna.

Paperback
752 Pages
Random House Publishing
ISBN 9780679767879

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