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Robert Musil (November 6, 1880 - April 15, 1942) was an Austrian writer. Musil's Young Torless is a novel of troubled adolescence set in a military school, modeled on the one attended by both Musil and Rainer Maria Rilke. It was his first book and was immediately successful. He then abandoned his studies in engineering, logic, and experimental psychology and turned to writing. He was an officer in the Austrian army in World War I, lived in Berlin until the Nazis came to power, and finally settled in Geneva. He also wrote plays, essays, and short stories. The Man without Qualities, Musil's magnum opus, is a novel about the life and history of prewar Austria. It was unfinished when Musil died, though he had labored over the three-volume work for ten years. Encyclopedic in the manner of Proust and Dostoevsky, "it is a wonderful and prolonged fireworks display, a well-peopled comedy of ideas" (V. S. Pritchett)---and a critique of contemporary life. It made Musil's largely posthumous reputation. "Musil's whole scheme prophetically describes the bureaucratic condition of our world, and what can only be called the awful, deadly serious, and self-deceptive love affair of one committee for another" (Pritchett). (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Confusions of Young Törless 1,926 copies, 30 reviews
The Man Without Qualities 544 copies, 8 reviews
Three Women 289 copies
Five Women (Author) 239 copies, 2 reviews
De man zonder eigenschappen {complete} (Author) 150 copies, 5 reviews
Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften 123 copies, 2 reviews
De la bêtise 82 copies
Congiungimenti 64 copies
Flypaper 44 copies, 1 review
Trois femmes, suivi de "Noces" 26 copies, 1 review
Brieven aan Anna 26 copies, 1 review
Dagboeken 25 copies, 1 review
Mannen utan egenskaper. D. 1-2 25 copies, 1 review
Die Schwärmer 24 copies
The Enthusiasts 19 copies
Thought Flights 17 copies
Intimate Ties: Two Novellas 12 copies, 1 review
Niteliksiz adam 12 copies
Young Törless [1966 film] (Writer) 11 copies, 2 reviews
Proses éparses 10 copies
Tagebücher 8 copies
The Blackbird 5 copies
Ensayos y conferencias (Author) 5 copies
Essays 4 copies
Grigia 4 copies
Bücher I 3 copies
Parafrasi 3 copies
Il redentore 2 copies
Gesamtausgabe 2 copies
Om dumheten 2 copies
Uc Kadin 2 copies
Wege zu Musil 2 copies
I fanatici 2 copies
Tonka 2 copies
De fantasten 2 copies
Uniões 1 copy
Journaux, tome 2 1 copy, 1 review

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