For the launch of his translation of Robert Musil’s Intimate Ties, Peter Wortsman will be in conversation with the literary scholar and translator Kathrin Holzermeyr-Rosenfield and Fatima Naqvi, professor of German and Film Studies at Rutgers University, moderated by the writer and translator Tess Lewis.
About the book:
First published in 1911, Intimate Ties (Vereinigungen) is Robert Musil’s second book, consisting of two novellas, “The Culmination of Love” and “The Temptation of Silent Veronica.” Each revolves around a woman in the throes of her sexual and romantic woes, as their memories of the past return to influence their present desires. Musil tracks the psyche of his protagonists in a blurring of impressions that is reflected in his experimental prose. Intimate Ties offers the reader an early glimpse of the high modernist style Musil would perfect in his magnum opus The Man Without Qualities.