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Posthumous Papers of a Living Author (1936) [Collection]
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This collection of exploratory pieces, short stories, and reflections was originally published in Zurich in 1936. It was the last volume Robert Musil published before his sudden death in 1942. Musil had begun to fathom the impossibility of completing his monumental masterpiece The Man Without Qualities and this volume reveals his shift to a radically different form. Musil observes a flyís tragic struggle with flypaper, the laughter of a horse; he peers through microscopes and telescopes, dissecting both large and small. Musilís quest for the essential is a voyage into the minute.


  • Flypaper
  • Monkey Island
  • Fishermen on the Baltic
  • Inflation
  • Can a horse laugh?
  • Awakening
  • Sheep, as seen in another light
  • Sarcophagus cover
  • Rabbit catastrophe
  • The mouse
  • Clearhearing
  • Slovenian village funeral
  • Maidens and heroes
  • Boardinghouse nevermore
  • Black magic
  • Doors and portals
  • Monuments
  • The paintspreader
  • A culture question
  • Surrounded by poets and thinkers
  • Art anniversary
  • Binoculars
  • It's lovely here
  • Who made you, oh forest fair ...?
  • Threatened Oedipus
  • The giant Agoag
  • A man without character
  • A story over three centuries
  • Children's story
  • The blackbird
  • Posthumous papers revisited

Original title: Nachlass zu Lebzeiten
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Blackbird, the (1928) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Musil

Edition #1: Posthumous Papers of a Living Writer

Posthumous Papers of a Living Writer (1987)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Peter Wortsman
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Posthumous Papers of a Living Writer (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Brooklyn, NY
Publisher: Archipelago Books
ISBN: 0976395045

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