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Landmark: Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 08 January 2014

As part of BBC Radio 3's Music on the Brink season Margaret Drabble and William Boyd take part in a Landmark discussion about Robert Musil's The Man without Qualities.

One of the acknowledged masterpieces of European fiction - it has been compared to Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, Proust's In Search of Lost Time or Joyce's Ulysses. Left unfinished by the Austrian author at his death in 1942, The Man Without Qualities is one of the first comprehensive accounts of a truly modern sensibility and examines a world perched on the brink of catastrophe - about to fall headlong into the turmoil and anguish of the Great War.

Joining Matthew Sweet for a Landmark discussion about the book, its author and the historical landscape from which they both emerged are the writers Margaret Drabble and William Boyd, the cultural historian Philipp Blom, German literature expert Andrew Webber and with readings from Peter Marinker.

Producer: Zahid Warley.


Matthew Sweet
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Margaret Drabble
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William Boyd
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Philipp Blom
Interviewed Guest
Andrew Webber
Peter Marinker
Zahid Warley


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