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Robert Musil

Robert Musil: Thinking about Water

Excerpt from Robert Musil’s “Man Without Qualities, ” Volume One. Translated by Eithne Wilkins and Ernst KaiserPicador (1979) “A chapter that can be skipped by anyone who has no very high opinion of thinking as an occupation MEANWHILE Ulrich was...

/ November 18, 2012

Possibility and Reality in Robert Musil

One of the key passages in Musil’s novel “Man without Qualities” (1930) explains why Ulrich, the main character, has no qualities. He lives as much in the realm of the possible as  he lives grounded in a sense of reality....

/ November 18, 2012

Robert Musil

Robert Musil (1880-1942) is one of my favorite German writers; he has a very subtle irony and thinks like a philosopher. He is not very well known in the English-speaking world,  so here is a short description of his life...

/ November 17, 2012