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Robert Musil’s Flypaper

Looking forward to reading this little book I’ve just acquired: Nachlass zu Lebzeiten (The posthumerous papers of a living author), 1936. I haven’t come across much commentary on it, but it is mentioned in the NYT: In these ”Posthumous Papers,” Musil’s pleasure is to start small. The first essay, ”Flypaper,” begins with an almost pedantic description…

Robert Musil and Nietzsche

The article examines several references to Friedrich Nietzsche made by Robert Musil in his non-fictional writings. An indication of Nietzsche’s significance for Musil is given by the fact that only one name occurs more often than Nietzsche’s in the collected works of Musil, where references to the philosopher span a period of more than forty…

Susanne Klingenstein discusses Musil’s “The Man Without Qualities”

Here’s a very clear explication of the genesis of The Man Without Qualities along with an exploration of some of the central themes with some biographical detail. If ever there was a novel that’s appropriate for the prevailing fragmented times, it is this one. Der Mann ohne Eigenschaftenexistentialisml’homme sans qualitéMan Without Qualitiesphilosophical literatureRobert MusilSusanne Klingenstein

Underappreciated: Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities

Burton Pike, editor and translator of Robert Musil’s titanic though unfinished novel, The Man Without Qualities, discusses the philosophical and aesthetic ideas circulating in pre-war Viennese society as depicted in the novel. Podcast here. The discussion bears a striking resemblance to Percy’s concerns — no surprise there. Also check out David Auerbach’s commentary on Pike’s…

The Philosophy of Robert Musil

Here is the long awaited lineup for Bence Nanay’s issue for The Monist (97:1 Jan 2014). Bence Nanay The Dethroning of Ideocracy: Robert Musil as a Philosopher Robert Musil was not a professional philosopher. He was a novelist— and according to the widely accepted canon, his contribution to the twentieth-century novel is only matched by very…