Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities. Picador 1995.
Translated by Sophie Wilkins, edited by Burton Pyke.
ISBN: 0330349422, 9781447211877.
“Have you read all these books?”Anyone in possession of more than a handful of books, who is in the habit of standing them up side by side on a shelf, must be prepared for one particular question, “Have you read all these books?” Every time we have a guest over, or a man comes in to fix the heating, a quick glance at the shelves is enough to provoke this question. Walter Benjamin cites Anatole France’s retort to the...