Wednesday, July 3, 2019

“Like a pair of trousers”

A planning session for the Parallel Campaign has ended. Diotima is alone in her apartment with Paul Arnheim, industrialist and writer. She realizes that no man other than her husband “had ever been so domestically alone with her that one palpably felt the mute life of the empty apartment.”

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

Musil’s gift for metaphor and simile is unending.

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