Speaking to the Rose: Writings, 1912-1932 by Robert Walser,Christopher Middleton

By Robert Walser,Christopher Middleton

The Swiss author of whom Hermann Hesse famously declared, “If he had 100000 readers, the area will be a greater place,” Robert Walser (1878–1956) is barely now discovering an viewers between English-speaking readers commensurate along with his merits—if no longer together with his self-image. After a wandering, precarious lifestyles in which he produced poems, essays, tales, and novels, Walser entered an insane asylum, asserting, “I am now not right here to put in writing, yet to be mad.” some of the unpublished works he left have been actually written in an idiosyncratically abbreviated script that was once for years brushed off as an impenetrable inner most cipher. Fourteen texts from those so-called pencil manuscripts are integrated during this volume—rich proof that Walser’s microscripts, instead of the paintings of incipient insanity, have been essentially the manufactured from determined genius development a final reserve, and as such, a treasure in smooth literature.
 
With a brisk preface and a chronology of Walser’s existence and paintings, this selection of fifty translations of brief prose items covers the center to later years of the writer’s oeuvre. It presents extraordinary perception into Walser’s inventive approach, besides a distinct chance to event the unfolding of his infrequent and kooky present. His novels The Robber (Nebraska 2000) and Jakob von Gunten also are to be had in English translation.

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