Nicolas Mahler

The Man Without Qualities - After Robert Musil

Graphic Novel
(German title: Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften)
ca. 150 pages
Nicolas Mahler
Foto: Nicolas Mahler

Nicolas Mahler, born in 1969, lives in Vienna where he works as a comic artist and illustrator. His comic strips and cartoons have been published by newspapers and magazines such as DIE ZEIT, NZZ am Sonntag, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and Titanic. He has received numerous awards for his extensive oeuvre, including the 2010 Max and Moritz Prize for »Best German-Language Comic Artist« and the 2015 Preis der Literaturhäuser.

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Musil’s monumental work – from the master of minimalism

There are books that a person just has to have read. We can know this, and still recoil from them. These books seem too massive, too challenging, too awe-inspiring. Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities is such a colossal novel: one greets it dutifully, in order to beat a lightning-fast retreat. But whoever has a go at this book will be immediately surprised at how light and entertaining it is to read, and wonder why he passed it up for so long.
When such a ›daring‹ reader also happens to be an exceptionally gifted graphic artist like Nicolas Mahler, whose spare drawings and laconic humor has made him an »international star of the graphic art scene« (arte), the encounter with Musil’s once-a-century novel gives way to something wholly its own: a congenial adaptation that is equally profound as it is lighthearted.

From one of the most internationally known German-language cartoonists


»The way Nicholas Mahler makes them, comics could hardly be funnier. They are as unmistakable in their minimalist illustrations as they are in the richness of their content.« Andreas Platthaus, FAZ


Selected illustrations from the Graphic Novel The Man without Qualities

In conversation with Max Spallek, Nicolas Mahler reveals his rituals while drawing (»I lie down on the couch and think«), which are his favourite comic books, how and when he started to draw comics and that he »visits« his books in book shops.

Other publications

Ulysses/Ulysses (2020)

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Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit/In Search Of Lost Time. Adapted from Marcel Proust (2017)

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Partyspaß mit Kant/Party Fun With Kant (2015)

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Der Weltverbesserer/The World-Fixer (2014)

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Gedichte/Poems (2013)

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Alice in Sussex/Alice in Sussex (2013)

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Alte Meister/Old Masters (2011)

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