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Die Schwärmer

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Dieses Schauspiel Robert Musils, von Kennern und Kritikern geschätzt und gerühmt, galt lange Zeit als unspielbar. In Berlin endete 1929 die Inszenierung einer von Musil bekämpften gekürzten Fassung mit dem "Schwärmer-Skandal", der im Anhang zu diesem Buch dokumentiert wird. Erst 1955 kamen "Die Schwärmer" in Darmstadt wieder auf die Bühne; im 100. Geburtsjahr Robert Musils ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published December 31st 1982 by Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH (first published 1921)
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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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“You proclaim that one should die for the highest virtues, because you
take it for granted that nobody's been living for them, not even for a
single hour.”
“When one's married for so long, always walking on four feet and always
breathing double breaths and thinking every thought twice through and
the time between the main things is packed double full with minor
details - then, sometimes, naturally, one yearns like an arrow for one
whole space thin as air. And you start up in the night, terrified by
your own breathing, which had just been going along as evenly without
you. But you don't rise up free - or even really as far as your knees
- not once. You strike a match. And there's one of you right there,
wrapped in flesh. Only then is it love.”
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