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The Man Without Qualities Vol. 1: A Sort of…
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The Man Without Qualities Vol. 1: A Sort of Introduction and Pseudo… (utgåvan 1996)

av Robert Musil (Författare)

Serier: Mannen utan egenskaper (Wilkins/Pike, 1)

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-- It is 1913, and Viennese high society is gripped by a mission to find an appropriate way of celebrating the seventieth 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.… (mer)
Medlem:pozzoandlucky
Titel:The Man Without Qualities Vol. 1: A Sort of Introduction and Pseudo Reality Prevails
Författare:Robert Musil (Författare)
Info:Vintage (1996), Edition: First Printing, 752 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Box 6

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The Man Without Qualities: A Sort of Introduction; Pseudo Reality Prevails {Vol. 1 of 2} av Robert Musil (Author)

Senast inlagd avtrotta, timothyhorgan, Daniel91, jfclark, evertonian, jordanr2, Josema0204, privat bibliotek, nas_ir
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This unfinished tome of a book is an extremely strange one to experience. Written in a very Magic-Mountain-like way, we find ourselves party to the life of Ulrich, a minor official in the vast machine of empire that is the Austro-Hungarian empire in the early 20th century.

Ulrich finds himself involved in various projects of state that consume the lives and ambitions of those in government around him. There are relations with various women and other officials and there are long discussions of how things ought to be done and plans carried out.

No clear conclusions are ever reached and, as a result, nothing ever seems to get done however. In this, Musil has composed a dense satire not only of his day, but rather prophetically pretty much every major infrastructure project attempted by the British government of the early 21st century. Quite an achievement.

It is testimony to the quality of the immense work that Musil put into this in the 20 years leading up to his death that I find myself at a loss to describe what it’s actually about other than a satire on the pointlessness of ‘civilised society’. You can pick that up (and write it down) in 150 pages. You don’t need 1,500 at 300 pages a year.

This however, is not a novel without qualities. Its prose is readable and the characters are memorable characatures. Satire, however, is subtle humour at best, and German humour is subtler still. Once you’ve got the gist, the whole thing becomes very boring. You’ll need to be really keen to get to one of the many endings.

You’d have to have something of a death wish to read all of those many endings. The novel disintegrates like it was fed into a shredder and has been reassembled by zealous Iranian hostage takers. It’s a mess best left for specialists of 20th century German literature to pore over.

Most of the world can leave this work calmly gathering dust on the shelf as I did when I put it back in the library in Saudi Arabia pretty confident that I was the only one who had ever read it and the only who ever would read it. There are better satires of government out there. Just dial up some back episodes of Yes Minister on YouTube. They’re a lot easier to consume and you’ll come away with the same conviction that, however we vote, the government always gets in. ( )
  arukiyomi | Oct 11, 2020 |
the front cover tells me it's "the third member of the trinity of 20th-century literature, complementing Ulysses and Remembrance of Things Past." the back blurb summarizes it as "Ulrich navigates the chaotic labyrinth of Viennese society."

so it was much to my surprise to find that this was not remotely sprawling, at least not in the same way as the other two in the "trinity." there's a tight focus on about 10 characters who all have their own little philosophies on life. i don't know if these characters are stand-ins for actual schools of philosophy like Camus' The Plague, but it was impressive the way Musil juggled them all so carefully and kept them so distinct as they interacted with each other. the only character whose allegorical significance was obvious enough for a fella like me was the sex murderer Moosbrugger. this extravagant leitmotif was easily the most fun part of the book.

as for the rest, what can i say, it's not my thing, i don't like this breed of philosophy at all. didn't care for the prose either, which was clean enough, but the main literary device seemed to be these weird ugly analogies that make your head turn cuz there's something so stiff and anti-aesthetic about just throwing out random images like this. there's one on every page; here, i'll flip around:

"For her vision had been like an image appearing between the branches of a tree, with the leaves suddenly flickering like candle flames, but gone in an instant as the branches snap together again..."

"For whether one sets a final period to a brawl with a knife, or ends a musical piece by crashing all ten fingers simultaneously down on the keyboard a few times, or whether the dancer bows to his lady, or whether one passes a resolution it would be an uncanny world if events simply slunk off..."

"What happened then, until the moment he stood in the street with his legs buckling and his things thrown after him, was like a big red cloth being ripped to shreds..."

or maybe this is also just not my thing and i don't like Prose much anymore. i think this is the first novel i've read this year actually. thanks for listening to my story about how i had no interest in this book but read it all anyway. ( )
  julianblower | Jul 23, 2020 |
Intermittently excellent. Fact that the plot doesn't go anywhere plays into the themes of the novel, but, still, the plot doesn't go anywhere -- some plot momentum would've been nice to power through a work of this length and density. But the pages and paragraphs that are brilliant are truly that, and there are many of them. ( )
  Alex_JN | Dec 10, 2019 |
Set in Vienna on the eve of WWI, peopled with some of the most memorable characters in literature, this novel presents a profound, witty, and striking portrait of life as it dissects and tries to define the individual in the modern world.
  JRCornell | Dec 8, 2018 |
> Le livre a pour anecdote les événements des années 1913-1914. C'est le constat de la fin d'un monde qui a brillé de tous ses feux à la fin du 19e siècle. C'est le constat d'un homme qui réfléchit sur lui-même, sur le monde, sur le pouvoir des idées, sur les qualités qu'on est censé avoir pour prendre sa place dans la société.
-- Ce monument littéraire, peu connu, est une oeuvre phare qui éclaire tout le 20e siècle et ses dérives. Se situant au cœur de l'Europe à un moment charnière de l'histoire, on peut y trouver des leçons autant pour la gouverne du monde que pour sa propre place dans ce monde. Il s'agit pourtant moins d'un roman historique que d'un immense chantier de pensées, dissertations, interrogations (le roman est resté inachevé,à la mort de Musil) qui aident à avoir du recul devant la tourmente actuelle. --Gilbert Dion, Montréal (ICI.Radio-Canada.ca)

> "Oui, il faut lire Musil, j'ai rarement lu un roman plus dense, plus riche de substance, plus luxuriant d'idées que celui-ci". --André BILLY

> Shayegan parle de Musil : "Et soudain le papier se déchire."
In: Revue 3e millénaire, n° 25 (Sept.-Oct. 1992), pp. 33-34… ; (en ligne),
URL : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YGew01sBxKqobpCLdXaDmn5Rw-51p-aD/view?usp=shari...

> "Révélation en France de Robert Musil, qui est peut-être l'un des plus grands écrivains de ce temps". --LE FIGARO

> "Robert Musil est un Proust autrichien. Son oeuvre enregistre la mort d'une civilisation". --ARTS

> "L'Écrivain le plus inconnu du XXe siècle". --L'EXPRESS

> Par Céline Darner (Chantal Serriere) : « L'homme sans qualités » de Robert Musil
« Rien moins qu’un livre-monument, conçu à la manière d’une cathédrale. D’abord publié entre 1931 et 1933, du vivant de Robert Musil, L’Homme sans qualités est resté inachevé. L’écrivain autrichien meurt en 1942, laissant derrière lui un vaste chantier de plusieurs milliers de pages (exploitées ensuite avec plus ou moins de bonheur par les éditeurs). À l’origine, le texte devait se composer de deux volumes, étendus sur quarante ans, principe repris dans cette collection (voir tome 2). Cet « homme sans qualités », c’est un homme sans caractère propre – loin du roman traditionnel – l’édification de tous les possibles, des hypothèses, à travers plusieurs personnages, qui ont valeur universelle. Ironie, satire, anti-intellectualisme, comédie, tout se fond et se confond entre narration et réflexion philosophique, pour former, selon Philippe Jaccottet, son traducteur, « un essai de roman ». Avec Les Désarrois de l’élève Törless et Les Exaltés, c’est bien l’œuvre qui a imposé Musil au monde littéraire, après sa mort… » – C. D.
*Source : http://chantalserriere.blog.lemonde.fr/2012/02/05/la-solution-lhomme-sans-qualit...

> (Aussi disponible en Points-roman, 2 volumes) Prix du meilleur livre étranger « Ce livre étincelant qui maintient de la façon la plus exquise le difficile équilibre entre l'essai et la comédie épique, n'est plus, Dieu soit loué, un "roman" au sens habituel du terme: il ne l'est plus parce que, comme l'a dit Goethe, "tout ce qui est parfait dans son genre, transcende ce genre, pour devenir quelque chose d'autre, d'incomparable". Son ironie, son intelligence, sa spiritualité relèvent du domaine le plus religieux, le plus enfantin, celui de la poésie.» —Thomas Mann, Journal, 1932 --Nuit blanche

> La méthode de Musil
Se reporter à l'article de Gennie LUCCIONI
In: Revue Esprit Nouvelle série, No. 272 (4) (AVRIL 1959), pp. 676-687… ; (en ligne),
URL : https://esprit.presse.fr/article/luccioni-gennie/la-methode-de-musil-22181
  Joop-le-philosophe | Nov 20, 2018 |
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-- It is 1913, and Viennese high society is gripped by a mission to find an appropriate way of celebrating the seventieth 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.

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