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The Musil Diaries: Robert Musil, 1899-1942

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The Diaries of Robert Musil are a secret look into the life and mind of a writer whose fiction embodies one of the twentieth century’s daring leaps of consciousness. Ranked with Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and James Joyce in the pantheon of European modernists, Musil attempted to apply the precision of his scientific training to the utmost bounds of the imagination. In a s ...more
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published November 26th 1998 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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J.M. Hushour
Nov 02, 2015 J.M. Hushour rated it liked it
Always be wary when you read reviews that start off with something like, "For the [so-and-so] completist".
This work is for the Robert Musil completist. So there. I warned you. Until recently, I would've thought myself a Robert Musil completist. "The Man Without Qualities" is one of the greatest works of wonderfully incomplete fiction ever not finished! I love that grand work. Musil's other work isn't as good, but, who cares?
You can like a writer to a superlative degree, but does that mean you ha
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Javier
Jan 04, 2014 Javier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Impresionante. Virtuosismo técnico-lingüístico, si se puede llamar así
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Mar 22, 2013 Juan Manuel Charry Urueña rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Musil es una obra inconclusa, un deseo de no ser alcanzado, sino hasta después de su muerte.

Reflexiones que que su lectura me suscitó: Si se mira la naturaleza parecería importar poco la individualidad. El siglo XXI debería producir un hombre enorme, pero parece que producirá fragmentos epicúreos. ¿Puede la Corte Constitucional ser relativista aún aceptando el derecho natural? Justicia, tercerización de la venganza. Ecología, desbalance de la naturaleza a favor del hombre. Quema de libros
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Juan Manuel  Charry Urueña
Mar 22, 2013 Juan Manuel Charry Urueña rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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El libro me suscitó las siguientes ideas: ¿Habrá una recopilación de cartas de suicidas? Capitalismo, cantantes y actores, vendedores de emociones. Capitalismo, el ánimo de lucro no deja ver otras intenciones, .... Ya no hay noble sino títulos académicos, no se heredan se logran, efecto de la democracia. Los gobernantes quedan reducidos a pobres actores con el simple libreto de las encuestas. Decadencia, desorden e incoherencia.
Marc
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Absoluut oninteressant. Musil is duidelijk een schrijver die me minder ligt.
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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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