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What's the best translation of Robert Musil's "The Man Without Qualities"?

If I'm going to read a 1,000 page book I want to make sure I'm not getting cucked by a poor translation.

Options:

Picador: three volumes edition
Vintage: two volumes
Picador: one volume edition
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>>7659543
You sound too stupid to understand Musil, faggot. Stick with the meme trilogy because that's all you've probably read.
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>>7659550
Thanks.
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there's two translations afaik. gass didn't like the older one, wilkins/kaiser, but the older one has better prose. probably jealous that it's better than his crap.
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>>7659543
m8 the vintage man without qualities edition has 700+1700 pages. source: it's in front of me. also, haven't started it yet
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>>7659568
OP here

The options seem to be the older Kaiser one split into three volumes.

OR

The newer Pike one in two volumes with a bunch of notes and extra material added.

From what I've read online (Musil forums) the older one is truer to the original while the newer appears to make things less complex and more "weird" for the sake of it (re-titling some parts etc)
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