The Man Without Qualities

The Man Without Qualities (German: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften; 19301943) is an unfinished modernist novel in three volumes and various drafts, by the Austrian writer Robert Musil.
The novel is a “story of ideas”, which takes place in the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy’s last days, and the plot often veers into allegorical digressions on a wide range of existential themes concerning humanity and feelings. It has a particular concern with the values of truth and opinion and how society organizes ideas about life and society, though the book is well over a thousand pages long in its entirety, and so no one single theme dominates.