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Bored to Death. Dreams of Adventure Before and After the First World War

Oliver Grill (Munich) October 13, 4-6pm Odette Hall Library (OH323) The “man of 1914 was literally bored to death! That is why the war came upon him with the intoxication of adventure, with the glory of distant undiscovered shores.” Robert Musil made this observation when the end of the First World War was already in sight. Trench warfare had taught Musil and his contemporaries the painful lesson that the dreams of adventure that had accompanied the outbreak of war had been deceptive. However, their intensity could not be easily forgotten. Read More »