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The Man Without Qualities

The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
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Part satire, part visionary epic, part intellectual tour de force, The Man Without Qualities is a work of immeasurable importance.

"One of the towering achievements of the European novel" Observer

"Immensely rich and therapeutic, bristling with wit and a sly humour" Sunday Telegraph

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.

Pan Macmillan UK; February 2017
1152 pages; ISBN 9781760552350
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Title: The Man Without Qualities
Author: Robert Musil
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