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Selected Stories
     

Selected Stories

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by Robert Walser
 

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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

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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."

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"[A] great novelist, one of the last century's finest."—The Independent

"An excellent introduction to a masterful writer."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374533625
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
FSG Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
487,715
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Walser was born in Switzerland in 1878. He wrote nine novels and hundreds of stories before being hospitalized for mental illness in 1933. He died in 1956.

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