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Selected Stories [Paperback]

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  • Category: Books
  • Author: Walser, Robert
  • Author: Walser, Robert
  • ISBN-10: 0374533628
  • ISBN-10: 0374533628
  • ISBN-13: 9780374533625
  • ISBN-13: 9780374533625
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Pages: 208
  • Pages: 208
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Item ID: 100422992
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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 mastersrevered by everyone from Walter Benjamin to Hermann Hesse to W. G. SebaldandSelected Storiesgives the fullest display of his talent. He is most at home in the mode of short fiction, according to J. M. Coetzee inThe New York Review of Books. The stories show him at his dazzling best.

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

An excellent introduction to a masterful writer. Publishers Weekly

Robert Walserwas 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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