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Selected Stories

Walser, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0374259011 / ISBN 13: 9780374259013
Published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1982
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Stated first printing. Black cloth spine, copper boards, gilt titles. Translated by Christopher Middleton and others and with a Foreword by Susan Sontag. According to Guy Davenport, 'Walser is a Kafka inside-out' (from the front flap). Book very good plus with light spotting to top edge. DJ also very good with repaired tear at mid-spine, mild sunning to spine. Evidently rare. 194 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 13312

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Title: Selected Stories

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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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Flower Days
Two Strange Stories
Balloon Journey
Kleist in Thum
The Job Application
The Boat
A Little Ramble
Helbling's Story
The Little Berliner
The Walk
So! "I've Got You"
Nothing at All
Frau Wilke
The Street
The She-Owl
Parisian Newspapers
The Monkey
Dostoevsky's Idiot
Am I Dreaming?
The Little Tree
Stork and Porcupine
A Contribution to the Celebration of Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
A Sort of Speech
A Letter to Therese Breitbach
A Village Tale
The Aviator
The Pimp
Masters and Workers
Essay on Freedom
A Biedermeier Story
The Honeymoon
Thoughts on Cezanne

About the Author:

ROBERT WALSER (1878–1956) was born in Switzerland. He left school at fourteen and led a wandering and precarious existence while producing essays, stories, and novels. In 1933 he abandoned writing and entered a sanatorium—where he remained for the rest of his life. "I am not here to write," Walser said, "but to be mad."

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