[June 23] Robert Musil's Unions--Book Release Soirée
Robert Musil Unions Book Release Soirée
with Genese Grill (translator), Prof. Nicholas Birns (moderator), and Jason Mears (saxaphone)
Sunday June 23rd (7pm) at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn
In 1911, following his 1906 debut, The Confusions of Young Törless, Robert Musil published the two experimental stories that make up Unions. “The Completion of Love” and “The Temptation of Quiet Veronica” were some of Musil’s earliest forays into what would become a life-long exploration of the life, adventures, and psychological processes of his fiancé, Martha Marcovaldi — the future Martha Musil.
The stories in Unions explode conventional morality; explore questions of self, union, and dissolution of self; and approximate exceptional sensations of erotic and intellectual perception in a shimmering and exceedingly dense proliferation of metaphors.
This is a new English-language translation from Contra Mundum Press of the two stories and the first one to appear — in the form of Musil’s original publication — as Unions. A scholarly introduction by the translator, Genese Grill, explains the provenance of the stories and the need for a new approach to this book so central to his oeuvre.