The First World War and its aftermath provided the formative experiences of Doderer's adult life and the context for his mature work. Doderer's ideal of an unconditional apperception with a minimum of preconceptions was consciously directed against political ideologies, and it is vulnerable to the charge that no view can be utterly free of prejudice—indeed, that the critique of ideology is itself an ideology. Doderer criticizes the anti-intellectualism of his own generation, what had most set him in opposition to Musil. He was a problematic person with powerful tendencies toward violence, rage, depression, drinking, and sexual escapades of every kind—and an obsessive inclination toward order and programmatic approaches to life. Musil resisted this narrowing to an Austrian identity, and Doderer's thought certainly bore a more conservative, if not antimodern, stamp. Doderer was above all a storyteller, and his thought lacked the brilliance, flexibility, and complexity of Musil's.
Keywords: political ideologies; violence; rage; sexual; generation; Doderer
Chapter. 19276 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)
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