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The nobleman in charge of the Campaign, the old conservative Count Leinsdorf, is incapable of deciding or even of not-deciding. General Stumm von Bordwehr of the Imperial and Royal Army is unpopular for his attempts in this generally mystical atmosphere to make things systematic and German businessman Paul Arnheim is an admirer of Diotima's combination of beauty and spirit, without feeling the need to marry her. While most of the participants Diotima most feverishly try to associate the reign of Franz Joseph I with vague ideas of humanity, progress, tradition, and happiness, the followers of Realpolitik see a chance to exploit the situation: Stumm von Bordwehr wishes to get the Austrian army income raised and Arnheim plans to buy oil fields in an eastern province of Austria.
Musil's great irony and satire is that what was planned as a celebration of peace and imperial cohesion in fact turns out as a path toward war, imperial collapse, and national chauvinism. The novel provides an analysis of all the political and cultural processes that contributed to the outbreak of World War I. The last volume, entitled Into the Millennium The Criminals , is about Ulrich's sister Agathe who enters the novel at the end of the second book.
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They experience a mystically incestuous stirring upon meeting after their father's death. They see themselves as soulmates, or, as the book says, "Siamese twins".
As it was published, the novel ends in a large section of drafts, notes, false-starts and forays written by Musil as he tried to work out the proper ending for his book. In the German edition, there is even a CD-ROM available that holds thousands of pages of alternative versions and drafts. Musil worked on the novel for more than twenty years. He started in and spent the rest of his life writing it. When he died in , the novel was not completed. The 1,page  Volume 1 Part I: Into the Millennium [The Criminals] were published in and  respectively in Berlin.
Part III did not include 20 chapters withdrawn from Vol.
In in Lausanne, Musil's widow Martha published a page collection of material from literary remains including the 20 galley chapters withdrawn from Part III, as well as drafts of the final incomplete chapters and notes on the development and direction of the novel. The Man Without Qualities Vol. In , Knopf published a two-volume edition 1, pages in translation by Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike. Parts I and II are in Vol.
Musil's almost daily preoccupation with writing left his family in dire financial straits. The book brought neither fame nor fortune to him or his family. This was one of the reasons why he felt bitter and unrecognized during the last two decades of his life. The combination of poverty and a multitude of ideas is one of the most striking characteristics of Musil's biography.
There are strong autobiographical features to be found in the text as the main characters' ideas and attitudes are believed to be those of Musil. The plot and the characters with the exception of a short appearance of the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I are invented although some of them had inspirations in eminent Austrians and Germans.
Elsa Berta von Czuber, whom Musil met while he studied in Brno between and , inspired him with the image of Ulrich's sister Agathe. Arnheim may have been based on Walther Rathenau and Thomas Mann. Musil's monumental novel contains more than 1, pages depending on edition in three volumes, the last of which was published by Musil's wife after his death. The novel is famous for the irony with which Musil displays Austrian society shortly before World War I.
The story takes place in in Vienna , the capital of Austria-Hungary , which Musil refers to by the playful term Kakanien. But 'kaka' is also a child's word for faeces in German, just as in American English, and 'kakos' is a Greek term for bad borrowed by a number of words in German and English, and Musil uses the expression to symbolise the lack of political, administrative and sentimental coherence in Austria-Hungary.
Musil elaborates on the paradoxes of the Kakanian way of life: The system of government was clerical, but the general attitude to life was liberal. Before the law all citizens were equal, but not everyone, of course, was a citizen. The Man without Qualities , Vol. A Sort of Introduction, Chapter 8 — Kakanien.
The story contains approximately twenty characters of bizarre Viennese life, from the beau monde to the demi-monde , including an aristocrat, an army officer, a banker, three bourgeois wives, an intriguing chambermaid, a black pageboy, and last but not least a man who murders a prostitute. The novel is told in the third-person omniscient point of view.