The Man Without Qualities | Critical Essay by D.J.Enright

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of The Man Without Qualities.
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Critical Essay by D.J.Enright

SOURCE: "The Stupendous Cannot Be Easy: On Robert Musil," in A Mania for Sentences, Chatto & Windus, 1983, pp. 23-33.

In the following essay, Enright considers Musil's achievement as both a thinker and a fiction writer.

If you were to read The Man Without Qualities for the story, your patience would be much fretted: you would probably not hang yourself, you would merely want to hang Robert Musil. The 'story' of the novel ostensibly concerns the preparations being made in 1913 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the Emperor's accession in December 1918. The preparations are known as the Collateral Campaign because Germany, that uncomfortable neighbour, is also planning a celebration: of Kaiser Wilhelm's jubilee, thirty years on the throne, in July of the same year. Unfortunately July precedes December, hence honour requires the Austrians to turn...

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