Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Robert Musil

“Here we encounter the equivocal nature of Musil’s master work. For this same novelist who is so enamored with ideas is also the quickest to show their emptiness and danger’

Read a killer essay on The Man Without Qualities, hailed by many as the novel of the 20th Century and the finest example of what the author of the above referenced essay calls the long-dead novel of ideas. If nothing else, I have to agree that Musil—along with Dostoevsky and Melville, to name but a few—would flunk out of any MFA program in this plot obsessed era.