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The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil


A captivating odyssey through the existential quandaries of pre-World War I Vienna, weaving a tapestry of intellectual inquiry and societal critique that resonates with timeless relevance, inviting readers on a journey of profound introspection and philosophical exploration.

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In the sprawling expanse of Robert Musil’s magnum opus, “The Man Without Qualities,” lies a labyrinthine tapestry of existential inquiry and intellectual exploration, where the boundaries between reality and illusion blur in the shimmering haze of uncertainty. Set against the backdrop of pre-World War I Vienna, Musil’s novel unfurls with the languid grace of a Viennese waltz, drawing readers into a world teetering on the brink of cataclysmic change.

At its heart lies the enigmatic figure of Ulrich, the titular man without qualities, whose existential quest for meaning mirrors the tumultuous zeitgeist of early 20th-century Europe. As he navigates the dizzying corridors of aristocratic society and intellectual salons, Ulrich grapples with the elusive nature of identity and the futility of human ambition.

Through Musil’s lyrical prose and incisive wit, readers are transported to a world where the veneer of civilization masks the underlying chaos of human desire and societal decay. Like Proust’s Marcel, Ulrich becomes a modern-day Odysseus, embarking on a journey of self-discovery that leads him to the very limits of human understanding.

As the novel unfolds with the measured pace of a philosophical treatise, Musil invites readers to contemplate the complexities of modern existence and the existential dilemmas that define the human condition. In its pages, one finds not merely a novel, but a meditation on the nature of truth, beauty, and the ineffable mysteries of the soul.

In the tradition of Proustian introspection, “The Man Without Qualities” stands as a towering achievement of 20th-century literature—a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit and the relentless pursuit of meaning in an uncertain world.

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Weight0.85 kg

The Man Without Qualities


Pan Macmillan


Robert Musil

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Release date

23 Feb 2017



ISBN/EAN        9781447289432