16 October 1997
Show More The Man without Qualities by Robert Musil, translated by Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.
Picador, 1774 pp., £40, November 1995, 0 330 34682 2Show More
The Man without Qualities by Robert Musil, translated by Sophie Wilkins.
Picador, 1130 pp., £15, October 1997, 0 330 34942 2Show More
“... inaccuracies to make me wonder how much of the more fluent text (of which, to be fair, there are long stretches) was similarly awry. And, in almost every case, I found the 1954 translation by Eithne Wilkins and Ernst Kaiser, if not very elegant, at least truer to the German original. To translate ‘Sich etwas Schädliches verbieten können, ist die Probe der Lebenskraft! Den Erschöpften lockt das Sch ...”