First published in 1906, young Torless is sent to a bleak military boarding school which is vast change from his accustomed, comfortable, free-thinking home.
As the nineteenth century draws to an end, young Torless is sent to a military boarding school for the sons of the nobility on the eastern outreaches of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Far from his comfortable, free-thinking bourgeois home and left to his own devices, he experiences the joy, pain and self-doubt of adolescence. He is confronted with desire and love, but also his own cruelty, as he finds himself participating in his fellow pupils' bullying campaigns. A dark Bildungsroman which shocked its readership at the time, Robert Musil's first novel is a fresco of psychoanalysis, philosophy, eroticism, snobbery, sado- masochism and schoolboy humour, a hothouse of alternately repressed and unchained desires that prefigure the carnage of both World Wars.
About the Author
Robert Musil (1882-1942) was an Austrian writer whose unfinished novel The Man without Qualities is now considered one of the most important works of European Modernism.
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st March 2014
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.2 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1