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Book Title: The Man Without Qualities|
The author of the book: Robert Musil
ISBN 13: 9780394510521
Edition: Alfred a Knopf
Date of issue: March 1st 1995
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Although he wrote a handful of other works, Austrian Robert Musil's (1880-1942) reputation as one of the greatest modern German writers is based almost entirely on The Man Without Qualities. The first three parts were published in the early '30s, and Musil continued working on it when he flied for Geneva in 1938. Even unfinished, this parallel investigation of Ulrich (the rather detached, meditative ''man without qualities'') and the final years of Hapsburg Austria, is some 1200 pages.
A new two-volume boxed translation by PEN translation prize winner Sophie Wilkins is increased by half by Burton Pike's translation of posthumous papers that include an unfinished draft of part four and Musil's notes, musings and sketches for subsequent installments.
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He graduated military boarding school at Eisenstadt (1892-1894) and then Hranice, in that time also known as Mährisch Weißkirchen, (1894-1897). These school experiences are reflected in his first novel - The confusions of young Törless.
He served in army during World War I. When Austria became a part of the Third Reich in 1938, Musil left for exile in Switzerland, where he died of a stroke on April 15, 1942. Musil collapsed in the middle of his gymnastic exercises and is rumoured to have died with an expression of ironic amusement on his face. He was 61.
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