Underappreciated: Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities

Monday, August 24, 2009

On our latest Underappreciated segment, 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.


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Genese Grill from Burlington, Vermont

When Burton Pike says that the novel is "still not finished" he seems to suggest that it is still writing itself, into infinity. Marvelous image!

Aug. 25 2009 09:46 AM
Burton Pike

Ulrich gives playful names to some characters. Yes, there is a distant echo of Socrates' Diotima, having to do with her hazy nimbus of love.

Aug. 24 2009 02:27 PM
Garrett from Brewster

Diotima was the teacher of Socrates.

Is that of any significance to the charcater of Diotima in "The Man Without Qualities"?

Aug. 24 2009 12:56 PM

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