Five Women:

Stories

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Extravagant, sensual, mystical, and autobiographical, these stories by a modernist master are, as Frank Kermode notes in his preface, “elaborate attempts to use fiction for its true purposes, the discovery and regeneration of the human world.” Robert Musil, author of The Man Without Qualities, is a modernist writer of extremely profound literary influence and significance and these stories are an ideal entry into his world.

In his descriptions of love affairs and especially in the portraits of women in love, Musil is truly original; in managing scenes of physical love, he has not been approached by any writer of the last fifty years.
V.S. Pritchett

Robert Musil is widely considered to be one of the most important authors in the development of the modernist novel. During his lifetime, however, he made little money from his writing, despite his nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died relatively unknown and remained so until he was rediscovered in the 1950s. His eight books have since reappeared in print in several languages.