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Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  4,492 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
Die oft gelobte Kühnheit Musilscher Psychologie zeichnet shon dies erste Werk aus. Es ist die ungewöhnliche, subtile Pubertätsstudie, in der Musil seine Erfahrungen als Kadett einer k. u. k. österreichischen Militärerziehungsanstalt auswertete. Eine scharfsichtig genaue, glasklare Interpretation jugendlichen Wachstums, die zugleich das Bild kommender Diktatur und der Verge ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1998 by Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 1906)
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mark monday
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the place is an exclusive all-boys boarding school in Austria. the time is the turn of the 19th century. three boys: Törless, Beineberg, and Reiting. Reiting is an amiable, energetic sort; his aggressive nature is balanced by his charm and ease in the world. Beineberg is an anti-intellectual intellectual; much like his father, he yearns to be a mystic. in Törless, still waters run deep and much of the material world holds little interest for him; contemplation and melancholy are his hallmarks.
Oct 07, 2016 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
--That moment when you realize that having your head in the clouds is not always a good thing. In short, the "confusions" of Young Torless are the confusions of all who wonder how the seemingly rational person can become embroiled in the heinous. But also--

"And suddenly--and it seemed to him as if it had happened for the very first time--Torless became aware of how incredibly high the sky was.
It was almost a shock. Straight above him, shining between the clouds, was a small, blue hole, fathoml
Mar 10, 2010 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Confusions of Young Torless is an incredible book, reminiscent at times of Rilke in its ability to wrestle with complex spiritual and psychological themes. Reading this book was like constantly trying to grasp something slightly abstract, slightly out of reach, though very human and real and rooted in language. This is an ambitious (though short) book, an extremely thoughtful and difficult read.

Maybe it is fitting that the book is so hard to describe, since one of its main themes is the inef
Jan 13, 2016 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austrian
Törless is confused. Indeed, the title of this book, in some editions (not mine), is The Confusions of Young Törless. Skimming the plot surface of this book, Törless is a student in an Austrian military school. Two student-friends of Törless find out that yet another student, Basini, has been stealing small amounts of money. They proceed to sadistically, homosexually torture him. Törless finds himself aroused, and, thus, confused.

Törless finds himself in ...a frequent sudden lassitude ... with
Emilian Kasemi
Aug 13, 2012 Emilian Kasemi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mitteleuropa

T.S. Eliot wrote: "we corrupt our feelings with ideas; we produce the public, the political, the emotional idea, evading sensation and thought."

I want to say just a few things about this book because I don't feel I could write a proper review to this one for some motives:
1. I really didn't care about the plot: military school, nasty boys away from home and from mommy.
2. I really hated these mommy's boys, very unlikable characters.
3. This don't have so much to do with The catcher in the rye a
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
The New York Times Book Review was supposed to have said that this novel, published in 1906, was a chilling foreshadowing of the coming of Nazism. That, I feel, was a bit of a stretch.

Four young men in an all-boys military school in Austria, maybe sometime the start of 20th century. Torless, with his heavy philosophical musings, and around whom the story is built; Basini, weak and victimized; Beineberg, the mad (silly, to me) mystic; and Reiting, the manipulator who revels on torture. At the sid
Nov 21, 2008 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
More satisfying than the 1960's film version. It goes beyond being just a prophetic look at the fascist undercurrents already in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century to a more radical look at the way that rationality can lead to a fascination with barbarity.
Foteini Daila
May 19, 2016 Foteini Daila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Πρόκειται για το πρώτο -και καλύτερο- βιβλίο του Musil που γράφτηκε πριν τον Α' Παγκόσμιο πόλεμο. Ο συγγραφέας έπιασε τον παλμό της εποχής του, παρατηρώντας πράγματα και γεγονότα, και έγραψε ένα βιβλίο σχεδόν προφητικό, μιας και περιέγραψε με διορατικό τρόπο την άνοδο του ναζισμού.Ταυτόχρονα, αποτελεί και μια ανάλυση της εφηβείας και της "σύγχυσης " (ηθικής, ερωτικής κλπ) που τη συνοδεύει.
Το μυθιστόρημα έχει 3 διακριτές ενότητες: η πρώτη είναι εισαγωγική με πολλές αναδρομές στο παρελθόν του Ταί
Apr 13, 2011 AC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vienna, novels-german
I found this book exceedingly difficult - torturously so - and repellent. I recognize that it is a significant work, of course..., but the mind in diagnosis here is unrelievedly ill.
Apr 12, 2014 Eadweard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
For these borrowed feelings and associations that come from outside carry young people over the dangerous, soft emotional ground of those years during which one has to mean something to oneself and is yet still too much of an unfinished article really to be anything. Whether something of this remains with one person later on but not with another is immaterial; we all come to terms with what we are, the danger is only present in the period of transition. If one were to make a young person see how ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark, dense, compelling read. It's simultaneously about the intrigues and backstabbing that goes on at an elite German military academy (think a much smarter all-male version of Cruel Intentions) mixed with a dense and complex look at a young boy trying to make sense of the world, his emotions, sexuality, philosophy, and pretty much everything else in life. The author tries to communicate the title character's inner state, including all the feelings that he does not have words to describe. Tha ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up? Close third-person portrait of the artist as an adolescent exposed to proto-Nazi homoerotic brutality at an all-boys boarding school. Opaque philosophizing characteristic of a sensitive intelligent teen makes this way longer than 217 pages. Note that these are, per the title, '"Confusions," not "Confessions" (my copy was only called "Young Torless"). Observations about artistic/intuitive emotional responses beyond rationality (ie, Kant, mathematics) occasionally clearly rang insi ...more
Robert Musil is one of my favorite authors and his story of Young Torless, published in 1906, is one reason. The novel reflects an obsession in this period with educational institutions and the oppressive impact they exert on personal development. While it is in the tradition of the German Bildungsroman, the novel of education, it is critical of educational system and the institutionalized coercion portrayed in the novel. In my reading experience I compared it with the experience of Philip Carey ...more
David M
Jun 04, 2015 David M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I think I actually preferred this to the Man without Qualities. Teenager discovering sex, Kant, and imaginary numbers. Let's not pretend we ever really get past the mess of puberty. I hope to re-read it in the medium term.)
Hans Castorp
Tiene algún momento intenso bastante interesante; por lo demás, vana palabrería.
Oct 26, 2015 Panagiotis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο Κούντερα γράφει στην «Τέχνη του Μυθιστορήματος» ότι ο Μούζιλ (όπως και ο Μπροχ) εισήγαγε στο μυθιστόρημα μια ευφυΐα λαμπερή και κυρίαρχη. Οι «Αναστατώσεις του Οικότροφου Ταίρλες», αν και το πρώτο του συγγραφέα, δικαιολογεί απολύτως την παραπάνω σκέψη.

Τι είναι όμως αυτό το βιβλίο; Ένα Bildungsroman, ένα μυθιστόρημα ενηλικίωσης δηλαδή; Ένα βιβλίο για τις καταστροφικές συνέπειες της κατάχρησης εξουσίας; Ένα ψυχολογικό μυθιστόρημα; Ή τέλος ένα μυθιστόρημα-προάγγελος της επέλασης του ναζισμού; Είνα
Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Jul 20, 2015 Juan Manuel Charry Urueña rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: main
Describe la cavilaciones de un joven estudiante de instituto ante los atropellos y excesos de poder ("matoneo") de los líderes del grupo frente al débil, quien es homosexual. La crítica ve en la obra la descripción de una época de nacimiento y apogeo de las dictaduras. Algunas de las cosas que dice el libro: Sorda melancolía que descargaba su peso sobre el paisaje. Esa soledad guardaba para él el señuelo de la mujer y algo monstruoso. El despertar de la primera pasión de un joven no es el amor h ...more

Description: At a boarding school in the pre-war Austro-Hungarian Empire, a pair of students torture one of their fellow classmates, Basini, who has been caught stealing money from one of the two. The two decide that rather than turn Basini in to the school authorities, they will punish him themselves and proceed to torture, degrade, and humiliate the boy, with ever-increasing sadistic delight. As each day passes, the two boys are able to justify harsher treatment than previously given. Torless
Eliana Rivero
Feb 06, 2013 Eliana Rivero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tardé mucho en comentar este libro porque realmente, no sé qué decir. Me gustó y me recordó un poco a "Demian" de Hesse. El pobre Törless está en un instituto en dónde empieza a filosofar sobre la vida y sobre los compañeros y profesores que lo rodean, todo esto, a raíz de una serie de sucesos que no le importan pero no puede dejar de estar involucrado.

Hay mucha reflexión filosófica, matemática y religiosa-orientalista para tratar de explicar de qué estamos hechos, de qué forma queremos vivir, y
Apr 24, 2009 Lavinia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction
Such a generous subject but such a boring book. And now, as some1 around here said, I can reply to: "Have you read Musil's famous ?" with: "No, but I read his very first book. Have you?" :D
I'm almost sure I would have enjoyed it better if it had been written in the 1st person (I even liked Zeno more while reading Torless). The poetic (sometimes pathetic) language lost me. And all those philosophical perorations! Coming of age was never duller! I choose The catcher in the rye and The adventures o
Oct 07, 2008 Mr. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Confusions of Young Torless is a novel about a young and thoughtful boy who is thrown into the world of a private military school where violence and sexual aggression are the norm. He becomes acquainted with a local prostitute through his school friends and engages in intercourse with her despite his apparent homosexuality. The novel is filled with sexual confusion (hence the title), and sadism. Musil has constructed an awkwardly Nietzschean exploration of human morality, gender roles, and p ...more
Νίκος Μ
Feb 14, 2016 Νίκος Μ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Η ιστορία έχει να κάνει με ένα ιδιωτικό σχολείο,που φιλοξενεί παιδιά καλών οικογενειών που βρίσκονται στην εφηβεία.Ο ήρωας Ταίρλες αναστατώνεται γιατί βρίσκεται σε αναζήτηση του εαυτού του.Η κατάσταση ξεφεύγει εντελώς όταν ένας συμμαθητής του πέσει θύμα bullying
The blurb on the back of my Picador copy says that 'Törless is drawn into the vicious brutalities of his fellow cadets in the secret attic that provides a torture chamber for sadistic homosexual ritual.' Given that the book was first published in 1906 I wasn't sure what to expect; I thought most of the 'horrors' would be implied rather than related explicitly; and it is to a certain extent but it still packs a punch, so be warned - this is not Tom Brown's School Days.

The book begins with Törless
Sep 30, 2015 Ogier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Robert Musil graduated from military academy, he began postgraduate work in mathematics and took courses in philosophy and psychology as these weren't available to him before. He wrote this book during this time though he denied it was autobiographical.

Torless is a young student in a military school who is troubled by his obsession with his mother, whom he sees when having sex with the village prostitute. He also has a close friendship with an effeminate Prince who is scorned by the other
Kevin Lawrence
Oct 15, 2013 Kevin Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had I read this book 20-25 years ago, I think I would have been absolutely enthralled by all its sensuality mixed with Nietzschean gloss; but (at the risk of aging myself significantly), as someone now well into my middle age, I found this book excellent but more than a bit adolescent. Its fascination with sadism is done sincerely well, but I couldn't help but wish a certain psychological levity were eventually brought to bear. Sex seems so complex to the young; but then it becomes exciting refl ...more
Adam Floridia
Feb 08, 2013 Adam Floridia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: being-a-teen

One of those books that demands extensive marginal annotation on nearly every page and certainly deserves a proper review...for now (optimistically) pending...

Now, five months later: Since it appears that I never returned to write a proper review, go read this one. It's better than anything I would have written by a long shot!

Creo que leí este libro cuando aún no estaba preparada para hacerlo. Y aún así me impresionó. Tengo que releerlo porque estoy convencida que ahora aún me impresionará/gustará más.
Feb 17, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This is a 1906 story about a submissive, effeminate, gay boy named Basini at an Austrian military school who is severely bullied, tortured, and raped by two classmates. He does have a halfhearted defender, the title character Törless, who almost falls in love with Basini, but ultimately abandons him. In the concluding hearing with the school headmaster and several teachers, the attackers easily escape punishment. Törless is excused after a long-winded and incomprehensible philosophical defense w ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Lina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Okay, that could be all but I'm just very talkative...

Thing is, first, that despite me knowing that Musil's some kind of famous and stuff, I didn't know, well, anything upon starting this book. I am kinda glad that it was that way, though, to be honest, with my only starting years of broader reading of high literature I am not sure if I can adequately say anything about this.

At one glance, this seems like a story about bullying in a boarding school or a story about puberty and it's homo
May 01, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Musil, Robert. YOUNG TORLESS. (1906). ****. Robert Musil was born in Austria in 1880. He attended military academy in Moravia before studying engineering in Brno and experimental psychology in Berlin. Fleeing Berlin in the wake of the Nazi takeover, he left Vienna in 1938 for the same reason, settling in Geneva where he died on April 15, 1942. After spending the First World War on the Italian front, where he was an officer in the Austrian army, Musil served in the Austrian government until 1922, ...more
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Austrian writer.

He graduated military boarding school at Eisenstadt (1892-1894) and then Hranice, in that time also known as Mährisch Weißkirchen, (1894-1897). These school experiences are reflected in his first novel - The confusions of young Törless.

He served in army during World War I. When Austria became a part of the Third Reich in 1938, Musil left for exile in Switzerland, where he died of
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