The Man without Qualities

The Man without Qualities

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 1056 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 54mm | 1,161.21g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0330349422
  • 9780330349420
  • 141,552

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One of the great novels of the 20th century, Musil's three-volume epic is now available in a highly praised translation. It may look intimidating, but in fact the story of Ulrich, wealthy ex-soldier, seducer and scientist, the 'man without qualities', proceeds in short, pithy chapters, each one abounding in wit and intellectual energy. Lisa Jardine, the eminent historian, wrote of it: 'Musil's hero is a scientist who finds his science inadequate to help him understand the irrational and unpredictable world of pre-World War I Austria. The novel is perceptive and at times baroque account of Ulrich's search for meaning and love in a society hurtling towards political catastrophe.' (Kirkus UK)show more

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4 26% (1,039)
3 14% (547)
2 4% (178)
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