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Tic who finds himself drafted into the grandiose plans for the 70th jubilee of the Emperor Franz Josef This new translation published. This is the greatest demonstration of human thought I have ever encountered It demonstrates that the novel can be the best method for deciphering and analysing the human condition and the nature of existence that we have over and above philosophy history politics psychology sociology or any other ology you care to mention His range is breathtaking encompassing the intellect the erotic and the spiritual he is funny and at times sublime and his prose is perfection If you are the kind of person who feels an urge to take on the big beasts of the novel such as Moby Dick Ulysses War and Peace or Don uixote for god s sake read this Anyone who finishes this book will know that they have had one of the most rewarding and important experiences of their cultural life

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Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften

In two elegant volumes is the first to present Musil's complete text including material that remained unpublished during his lifetim. This review is for the Picador edition translated by Shophie Wilkins and Burton PikeI don t know how people found books to read before the internet and Goodreads Goodreads has been recommending me this book for a very long time Finally I ve managed to read it Anyway about the bookThis is posibilly the most accessible inspiring and influential philosophy book that I ve read It s also a novel So it has a plot and characters The book covers many concepts themes and ideas Some of the themes include morality experience truth and opinion There are many allusions to Nietzsche and Dostoevsky Which I got because I ve read many of their books But unfortunately I haven t read enough Goethe to get the allusions to him I ve only actually read Faust Part 1The book is supposedly incomplete But without giving anything away I found the ending than adeuate Unlike the disappointing ending to other incomplete novels Like The Castle by Franz Kafka And Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol But like many people have said before It s a novel of ideas so the ending isn t really that importantI ll definitely be reading this book many times again As there is so much to absorb That one read really isn t sufficient enoughIf The Man Without ualities had a fight with In Search of Lost Time The Man Without ualities Would kick it s ass

Robert Musil ☆ 5 review

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 skep. This book is widely regarded as a classic The author spent twenty years writing it There are three volumes of which this review is of volume one the only one that is widely read There are a variety of characters but little plot The main character is 32 year old mathematician who is actually unemployed Like the author Ulrich was previously a military officer and an engineer and then an unpaid professor Wiki says his indifference to life has brought him to the state of being a man without ualities Ulrich s father thinks he should find some usefulness to his life so the father uses his political influence to get his son a position on a national committee that is looking to celebrate shortly in 1918 seventy years of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph s reign What is true patriotism true progress the true Austria There s much talk of blending Austrian culture with Prussian intellectual discipline It s also an opportunity for the Vienna intellectual crowd to flag its superiority over Germany for the European spirit to recognize Austria as its true home The meetings and the give and take on this large committee 20 or people give the author a chance to lampoon what he saw as the decay of moral values and the silliness of nationalism There are a few odd characters who provide interest in the story One is a female distant cousin of Ulrich who opens her home to host the committee meetings and in effect creates a salon There s a Prussian a crazy rich Jew who is clearly the dominant intellectual mover on the committee This character is also accompanied by a young African man whom he brings with him almost as a curiosity And then there is Moosbrugger a murderer and rapist in the news who has been convicted and condemned for the murder of a prostitute Ulrich constantly wonders if Moosbrugger can be held responsible for his actions Ulrich brings this topic up for discussion at the most inopportune times sometimes making people wonder about Ulrich s sanity The real value of a book like this is its philosophical insight and intellectual nuggets on essentially every page A few examples It is a fundamental characteristic of civilization that a man most profoundly mistrusts those living outside his own milieu so that not only does the Teuton regard the Jew as an incomprehensible and inferior being but the football player likewise so regards the man who pays the piano With science We have gained in terms of reality and lost in terms of the dream But in science it happens every few years that something up to then was held to be error suddenly revolutionizes all views or that an unobtrusive despised idea becomes the ruler over a new realm of ideas and such occurrences are not mere upheavals but lead up into the heights like Jacob s ladder At times he felt just as though he had been born with a gift to which at present there was no function Philosophers are violent and aggressive persons who having no army at their disposal bring the world into subjection to themselves by locking it up into a system a man who does great things usually does not know why As Cromwell said A man never rises so high as when he does not know where he is going fame such as is acuired by intellectual achievements melts away with remarkable rapidity as soon as one associates with those to whom it attaches Accordingly civilization meant for her everything that her mind could not cope with And hence too it had for a long time meant first and foremost her husband A great scientist when he was once asked how he managed to hit upon so much that was new replied By keeping on thinking about it And indeed it may safely be said that unexpected inspirations are produced by no other means than the expectation of them He recollected Voltaire s dictum that people use words only in order to conceal their thoughts and make use of thoughts only in order to justify their acts of injustice This is not a light read so it s something you might read over a week or longer As for a rating It s kind of a 4 but I ll round up to 5 for its obvious intellectual meat Painting of a Vienna coffeehouse The Caf Griensteidl in Vienna watercolor by Reinhold Voelkel 1896 Photo by Getty nuaeoncoimagesAustrian stamp honoring the author from previews123rfcomimages


10 thoughts on “Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften

  1. says:

    This book is huge in every respect It is a culmination and at the same time marks a decisive point in my reading life For the books from the same league as this one the bar is now set uite highMusil's AshesIn this special case I think I have to say something about the author and the way the book was published The novel remained fragmentary Robert Musil died of a stroke while working on the last part in April 1942 At this time he l

  2. says:

    This book is widely regarded as a classic The author spent twenty years writing it There are three volumes of which this review is of volume one the only one that is widely read There are a variety of characters but little plot The main character is 32 year old mathematician who is actually unemployed Like the author Ulrich was prev

  3. says:

    The Man Without ualities is an unusual novel More a work of philosophy than fiction the Socratic interactions of its two dozen or so characters provide the framework for Musil's philosophical investigations These conversations deep and varied in scope are the fat formed about the scant bones of the ineffectual Parallel Campaign The philosophical musings are usually uite abstract and esoteric though sometimes a little understandably absorb

  4. says:

    A comic novel A modern novel A novel of ideas and This is without a doubt my favorite novel and one that both encapsulates and foreshadows the the development of the modern condition Musil's scientific mind is able to present a humanistic view of the world of Ulrich and the rest of the characters that inhabit this novel Continuously inventive and invigorating for the reader the writing is so precise and the argument Mu

  5. says:

    This is the greatest demonstration of human thought I have ever encountered It demonstrates that the novel can be the best method for deciphering and analysing the human condition and the nature of existence that we have over and above philosophy history politics psychology sociology or any other ology you care to mention His range is breathtaking encompassing the intellect the erotic and the spiritual he is funny and at times su

  6. says:

    I'm not one for superlatives but this has to be the greatest novel I have ever read hands down even including the Brother's Karamazov it is almost as if this book carried the former's concerns into the 20th century evolvin

  7. says:

    “It’s all decadence A bottomless pit of intelligence” First and foremost I’d like to make it clear that my rating is a reflection of my personal enjoyment of this novel than of its literary merit Musil had a brilliant mind and a startlingly innovative writing style; I worship his Confusions of Young Törless Also

  8. says:

    “Revolutionary views? I'm afraid I must admit that I’m by no means an out and out opponent of revolutionary views Short of an actual revolution of course”Even the outright reactionaries pretend to dig the new until the new starts breaking the old order of things And The Man Without ualities is groundbreaking in every

  9. says:

    This review is for the Picador edition translated by Shophie Wilkins and Burton PikeI don't know how people found books to read before

  10. says:

    This is a world masterpiece Musil seems to me everything that Mann isn't Totally engaged with humanity while at the same time a superb highly nu