Robert Musil and the Culture of Vienna
(1880-1942), author of The Man without Qualities, is one
of the handful of most important writers of the twentieth
century. Among Anglophone readers Musil has enjoyed a dedicated
cult following, but until recently poor translations and radical
misunderstandings of his aims and techniques have retarded the
full appreciation of his genius.
Hickman's compact survey of Musil's work and influences has won
recognition as the only adequate introduction to its subject.
Hickman has taken advantage of a wealth of recently available
evidence to give a reliable account of this often baffling and
immensely subtle writer.