The Unknown Quantity

The Unknown Quantity

by Hermann Broch, Petra Christina Hardt
     
 

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Mild and sensitive Richard Hieck endured a quietly difficult childhood in Germany. But from his father Richard inherited an interest in the night sky, learning to love the constellations and to take comfort in the strength of Orion and the warm radiance of Venus. His choice to pursue mathematics offers him the discipline he craved as a child.

Published in 1933,

Overview

Mild and sensitive Richard Hieck endured a quietly difficult childhood in Germany. But from his father Richard inherited an interest in the night sky, learning to love the constellations and to take comfort in the strength of Orion and the warm radiance of Venus. His choice to pursue mathematics offers him the discipline he craved as a child.

Published in 1933, The Unknown Quantity is Hermann Broch's study of the underlying chaos-and finally the impossibility-of life within a society whose values are in decay. As Richard seeks to reconcile the conflicting demands of love and science, of passion and reason, societal and family values begin to undermine him and those in orbit around him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810160828
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
1,250,483
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Hermann Broch (November 1, 1886 – May 30, 1951) was a 20th century Austrian writer, considered one of the major Modernists.

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