Libri EbookS Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß Da Robert Musil – lavitamin.us
Libri EbookS Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß Da Robert Musil – lavitamin.us
The place is an exclusive all boys boarding school in Austria the time is the turn of the 19th century three boys T less Beineberg and Reiting Reiting is an amiable energetic sort his aggressive nature is balanced by his charm and ease in the world Beineberg is an anti intellectual intellectual much like his father he yearns to be a mystic in T less still waters un deep and much of the material world holds little interest for him contemplation and melancholy are his hallmarks what are three such precocious lads to do with themselves there is the village whore to spend time with but these boys interests go further what to do what to do how about find a fellow schoolchum learn about his weaknesses and then grind him into nothing torment and humiliate beat sexually abuse and so there is a fourth boy Basini the three boys play with him The Confusions of Young T less was published in 1906 by Robert Musil apparently it is autobiographical in nature it is a philosophical treatise and a classic coming of age novel although the novel s narrative is centered around the endless debasement of the passive Basini that degradation is not at all the novel s primary concern it is there in the title the book is about confused young T less his uest for logic in an illogical world and his need to uantify the ineffable and his barely understood desire for transcendence for an escape from small minds and fixed oles and dualistic morality a boy will fight against his surroundings he will struggle with authority figures he will be cynical without experiencing enough of the outside world to earn that cynicism a boy will ationalize or a boy will simply choose not to think about things that disturb him a boy will strive a boy will yearn a boy will barely understand himself but a boy will try and he may force others to do the same there are worms a worm is a symbol of decay or ebirth a cord dangling from drapes looks like a writhing worm in the moonlight there is a ed worm of blood that trickles down Basini s facethere is an eye T less sees it in the boys secret hideaway it is an eye made of dust motes and shadows and dim shafts of light he sees it in the midst of one of Basini s beatings he contemplates it what does this eye behold what is the story of this eyethere are windows windows are a window to the unknown T less stares through many windows windows are a window to memory T less ecalls sounds he once heard through windows the sky is a window T less stares at the sky and is filled with awe wonder and fear T less is a thinker T less is a dreamer T less has disturbing feelings some about his mother some about the local whore some about Basini T less has hallucinatory dreams with meanings he can only slightly grasp he tries to share these feelings these dreams but no one ever understandsT less T less T less oh T less you and your yearning your dreams fuck you T less of the three boys I think you are the worst Reiting likes Basini to ead him stories about conuering heroes then he fucks and beats him Beineberg likes to use Basini as a footrest make him bark like a dog beat him sometimes he fucks him T less asks Basini searching uestions about how he feels what is going on inside of him while all of this is happening he makes Basini speak when Basini would ather cry sometimes he fucks him guess who Basini falls in love with Reiting and Beineberg s motivations are banal despite Beineberg s laughably pretentious attempt to intellectualize his predations they are cruel boys who enjoy brutalizing someone under their thumb T less is not like them he s a sensitive lad he wants to understand many things imaginary numbers and order vs chaos and the logic of dreams unlike his friends he is not a malevolent sort and his sexual arousal at Basini s tortures confuse him poor confused T less Basini means nothing to him he considers him to be meaningless except as one of many puzzles he is desperate to figure out fuck you T less your confusions are nothing compared to what you and your buddies dole out the problem with this thoughtful absorbing boring poetic mechanistic frustrating compelling often brilliant novel is that it is exactly like its title character it is not about the debasement and T less key ole there it is all about our protagonist s struggle his inner life well it was a bit hard for this eader to focus on such things when throughout all of the philosophical musings are brief descriptions of the boys predations the intellectualization of such acts their use as metaphor all the world s a play and we are merely actors on a stage what goes on behind the curtain and within a mind honestly I don t give a flying fuckeroo about all that when some weak kid is getting destroyed by stronger kids you used the wrong metaphor Musil all the philosophical musings I would say 90% of the novel were endered obnoxious and uninteresting after it became clear that Musil himself is disinterested in what is happening to Basini like the novel s protagonist the author also views Basini as meaningless Musil you are like T less you make that crystal clear and that is not a good look IntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Robert Musil The Confusions of Young T less Explanatory Notes The Confusions of Young Torless is an incredible book eminiscent at times of Rilke in its ability to wrestle with complex spiritual and psychological themes Reading this book was like constantly trying to grasp something slightly abstract slightly out of each though very human and eal and ooted in language This is an ambitious though short book an extremely thoughtful and difficult eadMaybe it is fitting that the book is so hard to describe since one of its main themes is the ineffable ness of certain human experience One thing the book is NOT about however is the devastating effects of the abuse of power as it states in the back of the book Sure that s what happens but the author s focus seems determinedly off always in the head of young Torless who approaches the events that unfold with a much deeper and complex inuisitiveness than the simple moral lessonparable suggested in that blurbAt the center is the metaphor of imaginative numbers Torless learns of them in math class and spends some pages thinking about how we can start with something completely eal apply an element that does not exist to it but we pretend it does temporarily just for the sake of conjecture and that the logical esult of that because the imaginative numbers eventually cancel each other out on both sides of the euation is a eal esult But that the bridge between the two eal worlds is one that s completely made upThis metaphor though not always explicitly stated ca. Il primo omanzo di Robert Musil pubblicato nel 1906 ci immerge senza preavviso in un terribile universo concentrazionario nascosto dietro la facciata apparentemente assicurante di un collegio militare che educa i ampolli della buona e solida borghesia austriaca Gli schemi del omanzo di formazione pur presenti vengono stravolti dalla minuziosa egistrazione dei ituali sadici che scandiscono la convivenza fra studenti dei meccanismi di sopraffazione e del disprezzo per la libertà dell'individuo ch.
N be applied to many of the themes in this book the way our conceptions of self are propped up by a set of lies we tell ourselves the way we conduct our lives in the daytime differently from at night though we need the night as a bridge to get to the next day the way we can be completely ational with our thoughts even though we are essentially emotional and irrational beingsThe confusion of young Torless becomes our confusion as he thinks obscurely about these themes among many others guilt shame pride sexuality the contradictions of the self coherence between mind body and soul and how we smooth over these contradictions of ourselves The writing itself is sometimes very confusing I often found myself lost in what the book was trying to say especially in the first 50 pages which seemed at times aimless but it is that effort that slowly begins to make sense as the book eveals itself as the book gets less and less abstract the writing itself becomes tangible At that moment he didn t like mankind the grown ups the adults He never liked them when it was dark At such times it was his habit to think mankind away Then the world would seem like a dark empty house and he felt a shudder inside himself as if now he had to search through oom after oom dark ooms where you didn t know what was hidden in the corners feeling his way across the thresholds where no foot would tread any apart from his until in one oom the doors in front of and behind him would suddenly close and he would be facing the mistress of the black hordes herself And at that moment all the locks of all the other doors he had come through would shut and far beyond the walls the shadows of the darkness would stand watch like black eunuchs keeping out all human contact The Confusions of Young T less was one of those haunting harrowing works that gouged its way into my bones It ent and dissevered my mind and I fucking loved it for that It altered my inner landscape I will carry it with me always Within the first 10 pages I was already asking myself How the shit have I not heard of this before Musil s voice was that astonishingThe book was an instant favorite The species of searing devastating sensation it evoked in me has become far arer the older I get And aren t these chance encounters precisely why we continue to pursue literature We are hooked on this elusive indescribable feeling this inimitable spark this jolt There s nothing else like it T less provided me with one of these unforgettable eading experiences and for that I m tremendously grateful You all know the kind of experience I m talking aboutDue to the profound influence it had on me this is one of those books I can t ever hope to properly explain or do any justice to in a eview I usually efrain from even attempting eviews in cases like these And yet I can t stop myself from spewing out all of these wretched useless syllables anyway though my words are already pissing me off with their contemptible insufficiency Interestingly enough the notion of the inadeuacy of words is actually examined ather extensively in this book Ironically Musil describes the at times unbearable limitations of language in a staggeringly elouent fashion His formidable word wielding eally blew me away He included a elated uote from Maurice Maeterlinck at the beginning of the book which set the tone for this theme admirably As soon as we put something into words in a strange way we devalue it We think we have plunged into the depths of the abyss and when we eturn to the surface the drop of water glistening on our pale fingertips no longer esembles the sea from which it comes We imagine we have discovered a cave full of wonderful treasures and when we eturn to the light of day we find that all we have brought back is false jewels and shards of glass and yet the treasure continues to gleam in the dark unaltered Below is one of Musil s descriptions of what it feels like when you e searching for the ight word or phrase and it continually eludes you You despair and yet you can t seem to stop trying though you know that it s hopeless and that you e only torturing yourself See also my experience writing this excruciating eview Sometimes you ve just gotta love banging your head against the wall Such delectable masochism It was as if he had to carry out a never ending division which always had an obstinate emainder left over or as if he were feverishly trying to undo an endless knot until his fingers bled I ll now share some examples of Musil s particular way of describing things It was unlike anything I ve ever ead before He had a genuinely uniue angle this fucking coolass slant to his prose that was utterly astonishing in its beauty and strangeness I can t help but include a few uotes here which demonstrate some of this uality as it was a large part of why the book had such an impact on me Here and there a leaf from the deserted garden would skip up to the lighted window and drag a strip of brightness on its back into the dark that would appear to evade it to draw back only to eturn the next moment and stand once unmoving outside the windows like a wall A shiver an up and down his spine like spider s feet then it stopped between his shoulderblades and with slender claws pulled his scalp down In all the corridors the dark waves of silence seemed to be asleep unmoving He was trying to find his way back to himself but they were blocking all the doors like black guards He was surrounded by a frenzy of emotions as if by lascivious women in high necked gowns and masks over their faces He emembered old paintings he had seen in museums without eally understanding them He was waiting for something just as when looking at the pictures he had always been waiting for something that never happened For what For something surprising something never before seen for an overwhelming sight that he could not imagine at all for something of awful animal sensuousness that would grasp him as if with claws and tear him apart starting with his eyes There were moments when life at the school was a matter of complete indifference to him Then the cement that his daily cares provided would dissolve and with no inner connection the hours of his life would fall apart Their cheerfulness was only superficial the sound of their merry laughter seemed to fade only a few steps behind them as if encountering strong invisible esistance it had sunk to the ground He let his eye drift over the useless gilded ornamentation that was piled up inside this person s inner being until he had formed a vague image of it as if without being able to formulate the thought precisely his fingers were tracing the line of an arabesue that was beautiful but entwined according E automaticamente dividono il mondo adolescenziale in carnefici e vittime legati tra loro da morbose e torbide passioni Il protagonista si muove in uesto mondo cercando di seguire le fila di una sua personale avventura intellettuale e dividendosi fra complicità e ipulsa fra volontà di capire e igetto morale Ma soprattutto egli è turbato da un desiderio sessuale che avverte come degradato e tenebroso e uindi irrimediabilmente colpevole ne sia oggetto una prostituta aluanto ibuttante o un efebico.
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O strange laws Everything that was stirring inside him was still in darkness but he could already feel a desire to stare at the forms of that darkness that the others didn t see This desire was accompanied by a slight shiver As if from now on his life would be spent under a grey overcast sky with heavy clouds monstrous changing figures and the ever epeated uestion Are they monsters Are they just clouds When he walked it was with smooth lissom movements with that ather timid way of drawing oneself in making oneself slender that is characteristic of those who are in the habit of striding erect through a suite of empty ooms where someone else seems to bump into invisible corners of the empty space And just as I thought I ve entirely failed to convey the essence of this book ShitTo conclude though I certainly eacted intensely to it I can t say that I d ecommend this book to everyone It was dark and disturbing cruelty and sadism can be difficult to stomach That said the book had such a plenitude of magnificent language and imagery and so many potent psychological insights it d be a shame if you let the subject matter keep you away Also the inner torment that accompanies the struggle to find one s identity during adolescence is detailed particularly exuisitely And for those inclined to actively seek out and peer into the darker chasms of the human psyche aka my kind of people I daresay you won t soon forget your journey with T less through that bleak murky terrain Feeling defiled is one solitude and one dark wall Decadent Austro Hungarian kids torture and sodomize a classmate as a ehearsal of the upper class adulthood awaiting them out of the military academyPhysical and psychological harassment A crumbling empire Pre nazi post sadism galore Depravity Pseudo Freudian expressionism The chance to hear the bookshop assistant s ooohs and aaahs as you put a book by Robert Musil on the counter No need to say I licked my lips as soon as I ead the blurb Boy I must have looked like Wile E Coyote drooling after the Road Runner AhemM hrisch Weisskirschen Moravia around 1900Three teen cadets of a military school spend their time hiding in attics and cellars turned into impromptu boudoirs eating pastries and paying weekly visits to a Slavic pockmarked whore in the nearby village Spoiled brats get easily bored though especially when they also happen to be mad as they come as the author tells us from the very beginning We know little about them no first names no information about their origins and age the fewest possible descriptions of their looks All the author eally wants us to keep in mind is that these kids are utterly insane each of them in his own way T less the protagonist is obsessed with sex and uite keen on introspection and self abasement His mind is haunted by fantasies of blasphemy and incest precisely he gets off imagining her mother s sexual life Hence his morbid attraction to the scum seen as a means to fill an existential void made of the feeling of not belonging in either his own social class nor in the dirty populace both of which fascinate and disgust him at the same time Beineberg is even disuieting in his potentially murderous ennui a Mitteleuropean dandy between Des Esseintes and De Sade s beastly aristocrats fond of cheap esotericism and weird Hindu philosophy a hodgepodge of exotic bullshit that allows him to escape his frightening lack of any morals whatsoever Last but not least Reiting whose violent nature is cunningly sublimated in a destructive asocial behaviour This sadistic sociopath born in a controversial half uined family and brimming with frustrated dreams of juvenile grandeur is the basic asshole whose only aim is the objectification of his victim devoid of any sort of intellectual subtlety uite different natures indeed unfortunately enough they all share a penchant for homosexually charged violence that finds the perfect victim perhaps a scapegoat in a fourth boy Basini clearly Italian origins a creepy weakling bound to be mercilessly exploited by the depraved trio To be honest nobody would ever shed a tear for him Basini is so disgustingly opportunist that he hardly stirs up any feeling of sympathy in the eader What follows is uite predictable in the eyes of the perpetrators Basini is the nameless faceless voiceless and soulless Untermensch the less than human creature made to be enslaved thus enduring all its masters whimsical fantasies When a farcical series of petty thefts puts the kid in their hands the boys lose control once and for all Although Musil s clever writing never indulges in detailed descriptions of sex and brutality he basically tells us about a homosexual gang ape that takes place in a dusty backroom with plenty of sadistic acts as foreplay including the use of whips and needles From this moment on each of the three buddies gets increasingly involved in experimenting his peculiar version of abusive lust desires that go beyond mere sex and manifest themselves in the forms of psychological torments T less parodies of tantric spirituality Beineberg and sheer old school sadism Reiting According to Musil a former student of Weisskirchen college himself this short novel is full of autobiographical hints and true memories Although slightly altered for the author s fictional purposes both the events and the setting are thus supposed to be painfully eal after all R M Rilke gave a similar description of Weisskirchen which he had also attended a few years before Musil Even if the writing style is far from being perfect in my opinion that is this debut novel is amazingly interesting and complex I dare say it provides the eader with an unexpected insight in the years that shaped last century s collective and individual psyche No doubt the passages of T less musings and amblings are way too long and often epetitive they e nonetheless a great example of how deeply the newborn science of psychoanalysis was influencing European literature and arts Bildungsroman Yes but also a surprisingly good depiction of an era we hardly know and fathom in all its momentous importance Forget about the stereotypical idea of a epressive heavy handed education in which the students vulnerable minds are violated with huge doses of ossified culture eligiosity and militarism On the contrary what truly scares here is the educational void of the institutions the total lack of direction and meaning of a whole cultureTeachers are hardly ever mentioned let aside a few passages in which they are actually caricatures of themselves Families are eually non existent or toxic mothers seen as ghosts awakening dipal pulsions fathers dismissed as entities floating in a limbo of oblivion Religion is nothing than a school Compagno fin troppo acuiescente al suo uolo di vittima predestinata esso si configura come un tormento perennemente insoddisfatto divenendo uasi l'emblema di un difetto d'essere che invano le armi della agione si sforzano di sanare Largamente autobiografico il omanzo si impose immediatamente all'attenzione della cultura europea per la sua disturbante carica di novità e di verità oltre che per il magistero di una scrittura già perfettamente isolta e compiuta nonostante la giovane età dell'autor.
Austrian writer He graduated military boarding school at Eisenstadt 1892 1894 and then Hranice in that time also known as Mährisch Weißkirchen 1894 1897 These school experiences are reflected in his first novel The confusions of young Törless He served in army during The First World War When Austria became a part of the Third Reich in 1938 Musil left for exile in Switzerland where he