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  • A Little Ramble: In the Spirit of Robert Walser

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780811220996
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: April 2013
    A Little Ramble: In the Spirit of Robert Walser is a project initiated by the gallerist Donald Young, who saw in Walser an exemplary figure through whom connections between art and literature could be discussed anew. He invited a group of artists to respond to Walser’s writing. A Little Ramble is a result of that collaboration.The artists have chosen stories by Robert Walser as well as excerpts from Walks with Robert Walser, conversations with the writer recorded by his guardian Carl Seelig. Much of this material appears in English for the first time.Accompanying these pieces are over fifty color artworks created specifically for this project, a preface by Donald Young, and an afterword by Lynne Cooke.
  • A Schoolboy's Diary and Other Stories

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590176726
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: August 2013
    This new collection of more than seventy stories by the iconic modern writer Robert Walser, includes stories that have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, n+1 online, Vice, and elsewhere. Also included is the complete “Fritz Kocher’s Essays,” the “collected works,” so to speak, of a boy who died young, consisting entirely of classroom writing assignments on themes such as “Music,” “Christmas,” and “The Fatherland.” As the opening title sequence of Walser’s first book, this was a brilliant way to frame and introduce his unique voice, oscillating wildly as it does between naïveté (the ludicrous teacher wearing “high boots, as though just returning from the Battle of Austerlitz”), faux-naïveté, and faux-faux-naïveté (“Factories and the areas around them do not look nice. I don’t understand how anyone can be around such unclean things. All the poor people work in the factories, maybe to punish them for being so poor”). Fritz Kocher’s Essays and Other Stories is centered around schoolboy life—the subject of his greatest novel, Jakob von Gunten—and dispatches from the edge of the writer’s life, as Walser’s modest, extravagant, careening narrators lash out at uncomprehending editors, overly solicitous publishers, and disdainers of Odol mouthwash. There are vignettes that swoon over the innocent beauties of the Swiss landscape, but from sexual adventures on a train, to dissecting an adulterous love triangle by “wading knee-deep into what is generally called the Danish or psychological novel,” to three stories about Walser’s service in the Swiss military during World War I, the collection has an unexpected range of subject matter. Because Walser’s stories have been translated into English in the form of selected volumes, and because of his reputation as a quasi–outsider artist, it has been all but impossible for English-language readers to appreciate that he was a professional writer publishing ten books of stories during his active career. By giving tables of contents for all ten books and indexing the stories’ appearances in the various English collections, the afterword provides a valuable resource for Walser’s many English-language readers.
  • Berlin Stories

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590174548
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: November 2011
    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 Walser’s 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 thirty-eight pieces are filled with counter-intuitive images and vignettes of startling clarity, showcasing a singular talent for whom no detail was trivial, at grips with a city diving headlong into the zeitgeist of the modern. 140p.
  • Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781681370163
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: September 2016
  • Jakob von Gunten (German Edition)

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9783518376119
    • Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
    • Published: August 1985
  • Jakob Von Gunten (NYRB Classics)

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780940322219
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: September 1999
    Jakob von Gunten is a seventeen-year-old runaway who enrolls in a school for servants. The Institute is a deeply mysterious place: the faculty lies asleep in a single room; the students, though subject to fierce discipline, come and go at will. Jakob, a spirited and subversive presence, keeps a journal in which he records his quirky impressions of the school, as well as his own enthusiasms and uncertainties, deliberations and dreams. And in the end, as the Institute itself dissolves around him like a dream, he steps out boldly to explore still-unimaginable worlds. 176p.
  • Looking at Pictures

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780811224246
    • Publisher: Christine Burgin / New Directions
    • Published: November 2015
    A beautiful and elegant collection, with gorgeous full-color art reproductions, Looking at Pictures presents a little-known side of the eccentric Swiss genius: his great writings on art. His essays consider Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Cranach, Watteau, Fragonard, Brueghel and his own brother Karl and also discuss general topics such as the character of the artist and of the dilettante as well as the differences between painters and poets. Every piece is marked by Walser’s unique eye, his delicate sensitivity, and his very particular sensibilities—and all are touched by his magic screwball wit.
  • Masquerade and Other Stories

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $31.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780801839771
    • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
    • Published: February 1990
    Stories and sketches from each stage of his career offer glimpses of Walser's surreal vision of the modern world
  • Microscripts

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $22.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811220330
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: November 2012
    Now in a gorgeous new paperback edition with full-color illustrations by Maira Kalman, Microscripts is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
  • Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music (Music/Culture)

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $20.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780819575142
    • Publisher: Wesleyan
    • Published: November 2014
  • Selected Stories

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $6.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374520540
    • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
    • Published: July 1987
    This collection of stories, written by one of the twentieth century's great German writers and a major influence on Kafka, makes up a haunting collage of Europe in the early part of the century
  • Selected Stories

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374533625
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: October 2012
    In her preface to Robert Walser’s Selected Stories, Susan Sontag describes Walser as “a good-humored, sweet Beckett.” The more common comparison is to “a comic Kafka.” Both formulations effectively describe the reading experience in these stories: the reader is obviously in the presence of a mind-bending genius, but one characterized by a wry, buoyant voice, as apparently cheerful as it is disturbing.Walser is one of the twentieth century’s great modern masters—revered by everyone from Walter Benjamin to Hermann Hesse to W. G. Sebald—and Selected Stories gives the fullest display of his talent. “He is most at home in the mode of short fiction,” according to J. M. Coetzee in The New York Review of Books. The stories “show him at his dazzling best.”
  • Speaking to the Rose

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803298330
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS
    • Published: September 2005
    The Swiss writer of whom Hermann Hesse famously declared, “If he had a hundred thousand readers, the world would be a better place,” Robert Walser (1878–1956) is only now finding an audience among English-speaking readers commensurate with his merits—if not with his self-image. After a wandering, precarious life during which he produced poems, essays, stories, and novels, Walser entered an insane asylum, saying, “I am not here to write, but to be mad.” Many of the unpublished works he left were in fact written in an idiosyncratically abbreviated script that was for years dismissed as an impenetrable private cipher. Fourteen texts from these so-called pencil manuscripts are included in this volume—rich evidence that Walser’s microscripts, rather than the work of incipient madness, were in actuality the product of desperate genius building a last reserve, and as such, a treasure in modern literature. With a brisk preface and a chronology of Walser’s life and work, this collection of fifty translations of short prose pieces covers the middle to later years of the writer’s oeuvre. It provides unparalleled insight into Walser’s creative process, along with a unique opportunity to experience the unfolding of his rare and eccentric gift. His novels The Robber (Nebraska 2000) and Jakob von Gunten are also available in English translation.
  • The Robber

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $18.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803298095
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: March 2000
    Robert Walser’s last novel (1925) tells the story of a dreamer on a journey of self-discovery. It is a hybrid of love story, tragedy, and farce, with a protagonist who sweet-talks teaspoons, flirts with important politicians, plays maidservant to young boys, and uses a passerby’s mouth as an ashtray. Walser’s novel spoons the stiff-upper-lipped European petit bourgeois and its nervous reactions to whatever threatens the stability of its worldview. 141p.
  • The Tanners

    By Robert Walser

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811215893
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: August 2009
    THE TANNERS captures the lives of five siblings as they wander somewhat at a loss through life. It is Robert Walser's last major novel to be rendered into English. The Tanner family's meetings, separations, quarrels, romances, employment, and lack of employment over the course of a year or two are the threads Walser weaves into his airy, strange, and brightly marvelous fabric. 350p.

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