Robert Musil

(2012 words)
  • Stephen D. Dowden (Brandeis University )

Robert Musil was a novelist, essayist and playwright who had studied engineering, mathematics, philosophy, physics, and psychology and worked productively in all these areas. All these interests converge and reach their fullest expression in his fiction, and especially in his novel Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften [The Man Without Qualities, vols. 1 & 2: 1930-1933; vol. 3, edited by Martha Musil: 1943]. Musil's scientific training inculcated in him an abiding respect for mathematical standards of accuracy in representation. His most powerful commitment as a scientist, psychologist and artist was to the closest fit possible between the world itself and the representation of the world that we make to ourselves. Musil was …

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Dowden, Stephen D.. "Robert Musil". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2005
[, accessed 25 November 2015.]

Articles on Musil's works

  1. Der Mann Ohne Eigenschaften [The Man Without Qualities]