Para Robert Musil no hay lugar en la literatura actual, y parece que casi ni siquiera lo hubiera en la pasada. Simplemente, a dia de hoy, este escritor sobra. Sobra como no ha sobrado nunca ninguno antes. Sobra por culpa de un concepto profundo de ignorancia literaria que urge ya corregir.

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Start your review of El hombre sin atributos Write a review Shelves: philosophy-thought-language-logic , awing , germany-emporer-ww1 This book is huge in every respect.

It is a culmination and at the same time marks a decisive point in my reading life. For the books from the same league as this one, the bar is now set quite high. Robert Musil died of a stroke while working on the last part in April At this time he lived with his wife in exile in Switzerland near Geneva, This book is huge in every respect.

At this time he lived with his wife in exile in Switzerland near Geneva, almost penniless and nearly forgotten. Only 18 people attended his cremation before his wife scattered the ashes of her husband in a forest. His books were banned in Germany since and also in his native country Austria after the Anschluss in Although the Musils just barely came to make ends meet and had to live on charity, he continued to write on his Magnus Opus.

The first volume was published in The second volume appeared only half because Musil had withdrawn a part of the manuscript, but the publisher still wanted "something" to sell. All this was possible because Robert Musil had produced an extraordinary bundle of 12, sheets with , notes, chapter drafts, and cross-references. Approximately 75 of the total of chapters at the end of the novel are thus marked as "draft", "early draft" or "study". I have started with a cheap Kindle version, but then quickly switched to a hardcover 5th edition, , to be able to actually read everything of this fascinating work.

The Plot What is the book about? For this occasion, the so-called Parallel Action is started: Representatives of all social groups are expected to contribute ideas on how this festive event can be celebrated. Among this group is Ulrich, the titular man without qualities, who, after military service and studies in the fields of engineering, mathematics, philosophy and psychology, want to take a year long vacation from life, doing basically nothing.

Ulrich makes a large impression on the group with his profound and philosophical thoughts. Everything that Ulrich had called over time essayism and the sense of possibility, as opposed to the pedantic accuracy, the demands that you should have to invent history, that you should live ideas- rather than world-history, that you should seize which can never be quite realized, and perhaps to live at the end not like a human, but merely like a character from a book, omitted from all non-essential to ensure that the rest magically comes together, - all these, in their unusual worsening reality hostile versions that had adopted his thoughts, had this in common, that they wanted to act on reality with an unmistakable relentless passion.

The prose is dense in many places, which has repeatedly forced me to take brakes from reading to process the material. There is no coherent plot actually. The narrative is repeatedly interrupted and gives the impression of volatility, especially in the second part. The style is essayistic and is also called a "novel of ideas". Musil drives these things to extremes — deliberately.

The search for ideas he lets the protagonists make themselves. The volatility reflects the state of the society and is found as a theme in the plot.

I find this approach pretty awesome, although I have to admit that readers can also be put off by it. Any of these topics is treated more or less in detail, whether by the characters, or in the above mentioned essay-like fashion: Truth vs.


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Por contribuir, en pocas palabras, con sistema social vigente. En su recorrido, Ulrich pasa de una experiencia a otra. Empieza entre los dos enamorados, Arnheim y Diotima, el dueto —de opereta— de la renuncia, por supuesto espiritual. Entre el capital y el amor que une a Arnheim y Diotima, el que triunfa, pues, es el capital, mismo que —quiere convencernos Arnheim—, es una fuerza espiritual.


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