Jakob von Gunten

Download or Read eBook Jakob von Gunten PDF written by Robert Walser and published by New York Review of Books. This book was released on 2014-03-05 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Jakob von Gunten

Book Synopsis Jakob von Gunten by : Robert Walser

The Swiss writer Robert Walser is one of the quiet geniuses of twentieth-century literature. Largely self-taught and altogether indifferent to worldly success, Walser wrote a range of short stories, essays, as well as four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest. The book is a young man's inquisitive and irreverent account of life in what turns out to be the most uncanny of schools. It is the work of an outsider artist, a writer of uncompromising originality and disconcerting humor, whose beautiful sentences have the simplicity and strangeness of a painting by Henri Rousseau.

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  • Publisher – New York Review of Books
  • Total Pages – 212
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781590178188
  • ISBN-13 – 1590178181

The Assistant

Download or Read eBook The Assistant PDF written by Robert Walser and published by New Directions Publishing. This book was released on 2007 with total page 306 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
The Assistant

Book Synopsis The Assistant by : Robert Walser

The Assistant by Robert Walser--who was admired greatly by Kafka, Musil, Walter Benjamin, and W. G. Sebald--is now presented in English for the very first time.

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  • Publisher – New Directions Publishing
  • Total Pages – 306
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  • ISBN-10 – 0811215903
  • ISBN-13 – 9780811215909

Berlin Stories

Download or Read eBook Berlin Stories PDF written by Robert Walser and published by New York Review of Books. This book was released on 2012-01-24 with total page 161 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Berlin Stories

Book Synopsis Berlin Stories by : Robert Walser

A New York Review Books Original In 1905 the young Swiss writer Robert Walser arrived in Berlin to join his older brother Karl, already an important stage-set designer, and immediately threw himself into the vibrant social and cultural life of the city. Berlin Stories collects his alternately celebratory, droll, and satirical observations on every aspect of the bustling German capital, from its theaters, cabarets, painters’ galleries, and literary salons, to the metropolitan street, markets, the Tiergarten, rapid-service restaurants, and the electric tram. Originally appearing in literary magazines as well as the feuilleton sections of newspapers, the early stories are characterized by a joyous urgency and the generosity of an unconventional guide. Later pieces take the form of more personal reflections on the writing process, memories, and character studies. All are full of counter-intuitive images and vignettes of startling clarity, showcasing a unique talent for whom no detail was trivial, at grips with a city diving headlong into modernity.

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  • Publisher – New York Review of Books
  • Total Pages – 161
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781590174739
  • ISBN-13 – 1590174739

Walks with Walser

Download or Read eBook Walks with Walser PDF written by Carl Seelig and published by New Directions Publishing. This book was released on 2017-04-25 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Walks with Walser

Book Synopsis Walks with Walser by : Carl Seelig

A unique and personal portrait of the beloved, legendary Swiss writer, finally in English After a nervous breakdown in 1929, Robert Walser spent the remaining twenty-seven years of his life in mental asylums, closed off from the rest of the world in almost complete anonymity. While at the Herisau sanitarium, instead of writing, Walser practiced another favorite activity: walking. Starting in 1936, Carl Seelig, Walser’s friend and literary executor, visited and accompanied him on these walks, meticulously recording their conversations. As they strolled, Walser told stories, shared his daily experiences of the sanatorium, and expressed his opinions about books and art, writing and history. When Seelig asked why he no longer wrote, Walser famously replied: “I’m not here to write, I’m here to be mad.” Filled with lively anecdotes and details, Walks with Walser offers the fullest available account of this wonderful writer’s inner and outer life.

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  • Publisher – New Directions Publishing
  • Total Pages – 200
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780811221405
  • ISBN-13 – 0811221407

Clairvoyant of the Small

Download or Read eBook Clairvoyant of the Small PDF written by Susan Bernofsky and published by Yale University Press. This book was released on 2021 with total page 403 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Clairvoyant of the Small

Book Synopsis Clairvoyant of the Small by : Susan Bernofsky

The first English-language biography of one of the great literary talents of the twentieth century, written by his award-winning translator"Bernofsky takes us into the heart of an artist's life/work struggles, brilliantly illuminating Walser's exquisite sensibility and uncompromising radical innovations, while deftly tracking how his life gradually came apart at the seams. A tragic and intimate portrait."--Amy Sillman "Robert Walser is the perfect pathetic poet: pithy, awkward, drinks too much, sibling rivalrous, ambitious, broke, and mentally ill. Was he proto queer or trans, this red headed writer who next to Gertrude Stein might be the most influential writer of our moment? Riveting and heart-breaking, this biography kept me drunk for days."--Eileen Myles The great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser lived eccentrically on the fringes of society, shocking his Berlin friends by enrolling in butler school and later developing an urban-nomad lifestyle in the Swiss capital, Bern, before checking himself into a psychiatric clinic. A connoisseur of power differentials, his pronounced interest in everything inconspicuous and modest--social outcasts and artists as well as the impoverished, marginalized, and forgotten--prompted W. G. Sebald to dub him "a clairvoyant of the small." His revolutionary use of short prose forms won him the admiration of Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Robert Musil, and many others. He was long believed an outsider by conviction, but Susan Bernofsky presents a more nuanced view in this immaculately researched and beautifully written biography. Setting Walser in the context of early twentieth century European history, she provides illuminating analysis of his extraordinary life and work, bearing witness to his "extreme artistic delight."

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  • Publisher – Yale University Press
  • Total Pages – 403
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780300220643
  • ISBN-13 – 0300220642