• Between the life we live and the life we feel...there is the invisible border, like a narrow gate' Set in a boarding school in a remote area of the Habsburg Empire at the turn of the last century, The Confusions of Young Törless is an intense study of an adolescent's psychological development as he struggles to come to terms with his conflicting emotions. Through his relationship with two other boys Törless is led into sadistic and sexual encounters with a third pupil which both repel and fascinate him. Estranged from everyday life, Törless gradually learns to accept his experiences and describe them with analytical precision.

    The novel is based on the author's own experiences at an Austrian military academy. A school story with a difference, Törless extends the scope of fiction with its non-judgemental presentation of transgressive sexuality and violence. It is a profoundly disturbing exploration of a non-moral outlook on life and of dictatorial attitudes that prefigure the outbreak of the First World War and the rise of fascism.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • Célèbre surtout pour son oeuvre romanesque, Robert Musil (1880-1942) est aussi l'auteur de nombreux essais, conférences et aphorismes, qui le montrent attentif aux mutations de la conscience moderne. De la bêtise, qu'il considérait comme l'un de ses textes majeurs, aborde un sujet tabou dans la pensée classique : confrontée à son contraire, la réflexion ne court-elle pas le risque de vaciller sur ses bases ? "Si la bêtise ne ressemblait pas à s'y méprendre au progrès, au talent, à l'espoir ou au perfectionnement, personne ne voudrait être bête."

  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Robert Musil. La publication du chef-d'oeuvre de Robert Musil, "L'homme sans qualités", constitue l'un des événements les plus importants de l'histoire littéraire du XXe siècle. Elle est éclairée ici avec ces quelques extraits d'un ouvrage peu connu de l'auteur, demeuré d'ailleurs inachevé: "Esquisses pour une autobiographie", composé de souvenirs et de pensées révélatrices sur sa vie d'homme et d'écrivain.


  • This collection of exploratory pieces, short stories, and reflections was originally published in Zurich in 1936. It was the last volume Robert Musil published before his sudden death in 1942. Musil had begun to fathom the impossibility of com- pleting his monumental masterpiece The Man Without Qualities and this volume reveals a radically different aspect of his work. Musil observes a fly's tragic struggle with flypaper, the laughter of a horse; he peers through microscopes and telescopes, dissecting both large and small. Musil's quest for the essential is a voyage into the minute.

  • 'They no longer hold themselves up with all their might, but sink a little and at that moment appear totally human' Of the very first rank of prose stylists, Robert Musil captures a scene's every telling detail and symbolic aspect with a precise and remarkable beauty. In these nine stories and essays, he considers holidaymakers and stone monuments, tales of war and blackbirds, and the great pathos of a tiny death: a fly's impossible fight against the grip of flypaper.

    This book includes Flypaper, Monkey Island, Fisherman on the Baltic, Sheep, As Seen in Another Light, Sarcophagus Cover, Monuments, The Paint Spreader, It's Lovely Here and The Blackbird.

  • between the life we live and the life we feel...there is the invisible border, like a narrow gate'

    Set in a boarding school in a remote area of the Habsburg Empire at the turn of the last century, The Confusions of Young Törless is an intense study of an adolescent's psychological development as he struggles to come to terms with his conflicting emotions. Through his relationship with two other boys Törless is led into sadistic and sexual encounters with a third pupil which both repel and fascinate him. Estranged from everyday life, Törless gradually learns to accept
    his experiences and describe them with analytical precision.

    The novel is based on the author's own experiences at an Austrian military academy. A school story with a difference, Törless extends the scope of fiction with its non-judgemental presentation of transgressive sexuality and violence. It is a profoundly disturbing exploration of a non-moral outlook on life and of dictatorial attitudes that prefigure the outbreak of the First World War and the rise of fascism.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • With an introduction by Jonathan LethemIt is 1913, and Viennese high society is determined to find an appropriate way of celebrating the seventieth jubilee of the accession of Emperor Franz Josef. But as the aristocracy tries to salvage something illustrious out of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the ordinary Viennese world is beginning to show signs of more serious rebellion. Caught in the middle of this social labyrinth is Ulrich: youngish, rich, an ex-soldier, seducer and scientist.Unable to deceive himself that the jumble of attributes and values that his world has bestowed on him amounts to anything so innate as a 'character', he is effectively a man 'without qualities', a brilliant, detached observer of the spinning, racing society around him. Part satire, part visionary epic, part intellectual tour de force, The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil is a work of immeasurable importance.

  • Alors que sa femme est partie en cure avec leur enfant malade, Homo accepte de participer à une tentative de réouverture d'anciennes mines d'or dans une vallée alpine reculée. Une forme de parenthèse, qu'il semble toutefois avoir recherchée, alors que sa vie semble à la croisée des chemins. Subjugué par la beauté du monde qui l'entoure comme par son altérité, Homo tombe bientôt amoureux de Grigia, une paysanne. Une passion tragique, même s'il ne le soupçonne pas encore.

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    Faire le pari d'écrire un texte consacré uniquement au fonctionnement du papier tue-mouches. S'insurger contre l'idée que le rire est l'apanage de l'homme pour revendiquer celle qu'un cheval peut tout aussi bien s'esclaffer. Saisir avec poésie l'instant fragile du réveil, quand tout est encore ouvert sur la nuit. En une quinzaine de très courts récits et descriptions réalisés comme autant d'arrêts sur image, Musil s'interroge et tente de saisir la vie sur le vif. Considérations satiriques et émouvantes s'entremêlent, portant chacune la marque d'un immense talent.

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