Friday, July 5, 2019

“Just around the corner”

The “woman-killer” Christian Moosbrugger has a new admirer, Rachel, maid to Section Chief Tuzzi and his wife Diotima. It’s “no great distance” from the Tuzzi apartment to the court building:

Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities. 1930–1943. Trans. Sophie Wilkins (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995).

Mossbrugger’s crime, his trial, and his fate (to be determined) float over the novel. Everyone has ideas about Moosbrugger. I have no idea what his presence in the novel will amount to: I’ve read only 655 pages and have 475 pages to go, not counting material in omitted chapters and drafts.

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[Naming in the novel is highly stylized: it’s always Section Chief Tuzzi, no first name, and Diotima, no Tuzzi. Rachel is just Rachel. Tuzzi’s first names are mentioned just twice: he was christened Hans, “stylishly rechristened” Giovanni, and still goes by Hans.]

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