Robert Musil

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Robert Musil (November 6, 1880, Klagenfurt, Austria - April 15, 1942, Geneva, Switzerland)

Austrian writer, author of the unfinished trilogy The Man Without Qualities (in German, Der Mann Ohne Eigenschaften) one of the earliest modernist novels. The novel is both deep and complex and deals with the moral and intellectual decline of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The novel is set in Vienna on the eve of World War I. Musil served as an officer in the Austrian army at the front between 1914 - 1918.