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The Man without Qualities , Translated by Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike

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It is 1913, and Viennese high society is gripped by a mission to find an appropriate way of celebrating the jubilee of the accession of Emperor Franz Josef. But as the aristocracy tries to salvage something illustrious out of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the ordinary Viennese world is beginning to show signs of more serious rebellion. Caught in the middle of this social labyrinth is Ulrich: youngish, rich, an ex-soldier, seducer and scientist. Unable to deceive himself that the jumble of attributes and values that his world has bestowed on him amounts to anything so innate as a character', he is effectively a man without qualities', a brilliant, detached observer of the spinning, racing society around him. Part satire, part visionary epic, part intellectual tour de force, The Man Without Qualities is a work of immeasurable importance. I would recommend Sophie Wilkins' translation as a conscientious attempt to give to the English reader a novel which is compared to The Remembrance of Things Past and Ulysses' The Times There is scarcely a page that does not provoke new thoughts or offer new insights, not a chapter that, even read on its own, does not prove stimulating' Scotsman At last, at last - the fully-fleshed arrival in English of the third member of the trinity in twentieth-century fiction, complementing Ulysses and The Remembrance of Things Past . . . This last-waltz novel is amazingly contemporary' Wall Street Journal Immensely rich and therapeutic, bristling with wit and a sly humour' - Sunday Telegraph

Very good condition, Slight Shelf Wear, Otherwise great condition

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Author(s):
Robert Musil
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1997
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0330349422
ISBN-13:
9780330349420
Number of pages:
1130
Publisher:
Picador
Title:
The Man Without Qualities

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It is 1913, and Viennese high society is gripped by a mission to find an appropriate way of celebrating the jubilee of the accession of Emperor Franz Josef. But as the aristocracy tries to salvage something illustrious out of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the ordinary Viennese world is beginning to show signs of more serious rebellion. Caught in the middle of this social labyrinth is Ulrich: youngish, rich, an ex-soldier, seducer and scientist. Unable to deceive himself that the jumble of attributes and values that his world has bestowed on him amounts to anything so innate as a character', he is effectively a man without qualities', a brilliant, detached observer of the spinning, racing society around him. Part satire, part visionary epic, part intellectual tour de force, The Man Without Qualities is a work of immeasurable importance. I would recommend Sophie Wilkins' translation as a conscientious attempt to give to the English reader a novel which is compared to The Remembrance of Things Past and Ulysses' The Times There is scarcely a page that does not provoke new thoughts or offer new insights, not a chapter that, even read on its own, does not prove stimulating' Scotsman At last, at last - the fully-fleshed arrival in English of the third member of the trinity in twentieth-century fiction, complementing Ulysses and The Remembrance of Things Past . . . This last-waltz novel is amazingly contemporary' Wall Street Journal Immensely rich and therapeutic, bristling with wit and a sly humour' - Sunday Telegraph

Very good condition, Slight Shelf Wear, Otherwise great condition

Author(s):
Robert Musil
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1997
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0330349422
ISBN-13:
9780330349420
Number of pages:
1130
Publisher:
Picador
Title:
The Man Without Qualities

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