Selected Stories

Selected Stories by Robert Otto Walser

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How to place the mysterious Swiss writer Robert Walser, a humble genius who possessed one of the most elusive and surprising sensibilities in modern literature? Walser is many things: a Paul Klee in words, maker of droll, whimsical, tender, and heartbreaking verbal artifacts; an inspiration to such very different writers as Kafka and W.G. Sebald; an amalgam, as Susan Sontag suggests in her preface to this volume, of Stevie Smith and Samuel Beckett.

This collection gathers forty-two of Walser`s stories. Encompassing everything from journal entries, notes on literature, and biographical sketches to anecdotes, fables, and visions, it is an ideal introduction to this fascinating writer of whom Hermann Hesse famously declared, "If he had a hundred thousand readers, the world would be a better place."

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Robert Otto Walser

A book by Robert Otto Walser

ROBERT OTTO WALSER (April 15, 1878 - December 25, 1956) Swiss poet, novelist, author of short prose and short plays. According to Christopher Middleton, Walser`s brilliant translator into English, the writer "chose to risk everything rather than compromise, and ultimately broke down." The life of this "great artist of language" has inspired many contemporary authors to "Walserian" approximations, a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, essay and hagiography; moreover, his fate began to be viewed as a kind of paradigm of the state of literature in our modernist-postmodern society....

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ROBERT OTTO WALSER (April 15, 1878 - December 25, 1956) Swiss poet, novelist, author of short prose and short plays. According to Christopher Middleton, Walser`s brilliant translator into English, the writer "chose to risk everything rather than compromise, and ultimately broke down." The life of this "great artist of language" has inspired many contemporary authors to "Walserian" approximations, a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, essay and hagiography; moreover, his fate began to be viewed as a kind of paradigm of the state of literature in our modernist-postmodern society.