Christine burgin series

Walser vaulted new heights of expression with miniscule means.

The Boston Globe

Now in a gorgeous new paperback edition with full-color illustrations by Maira Kalman, Microscripts is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Microscripts

Fiction by Robert Walser

Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

With a contribution by Walter Benjamin

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Paperback (published November 21, 2012)

ISBN
9780811220330
Price US
24.95
Trim Size
6 x 9
Page Count
160

Clothbound (published November 21, 2012)

ISBN
978081121880

Robert Walser

Early twentieth-century Swiss novelist

Walser vaulted new heights of expression with miniscule means.

The Boston Globe

Walser has in recent years regained some of the status he enjoyed in the 1920s. Instead of Kafka and Benjamin, we have Sebald and Lydia Davis championing him. But we still don’t know where we stand with him. Are we dealing with pure literature,the vagaries of the everyday, jokes, or empty fancies? The writing is radical and elegant enough to encompass all these possibilities and many more. Is it the stuff of life? Perhaps.

The Times Literary Supplement

A clairvoyant of the small.

—W.G. Sebald

The incredible shrinking writer is a major twentieth-century prose artist who, for all that the modern world seems to have passed him by, fulfills the modern criterion: he sounds like nobody else.

—Benjamin Kunkel, The New Yorker