The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

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The Man without Qualities (1930-42) is a novel in three books by the Austrian novelist and essayist Robert Musil. The main issue of this "story of ideas", which takes place in the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy's last days, is the need to preserve order in a shaken world (never considering the fact that World War I was to begin in a couple of months).

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The 187th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 1st on Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century (Wikipedia)
  2. - 3rd on Robert McCrum's top 10 books of the twentieth century (The Guardian)
  3. - 35th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  4. - 38th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  5. - 86th on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  6. - 101st on The 100 Greatest Novels (
  7. - The 100 Best Books in the World ( (in German))
  8. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)

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