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By Robert Musil, Peter Wortsman

This choice of exploratory items, brief tales, and reflections was once initially released in Zurich in 1936. It used to be the final quantity Robert Musil released ahead of his unexpected dying in 1942. Musil had started to fathom the impossibility of com- pleting his enormous masterpiece the fellow with out characteristics and this quantity unearths a significantly varied element of his paintings. Musil observes a fly’s tragic fight with flypaper, the laughter of a horse; he friends via microscopes and telescopes, dissecting either huge and small. Musil’s quest for the fundamental is a voyage into the minute.

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