The incredible shrinking writer is a major twentieth-century prose artist who…can be placed in that comic tradition [that] runs form Gogol through Kafka and down to José Saramago…When Walser met Lenin in Zurich during the war, all he had to say was ‘So you, too, like fruitcake?’…It is remarkable to see what variety and richness, what easiness and charm, what winsome inanities and philosophical depths he could pack into half a page.

—Benjamin Kunkel

The Tanners is the first major novel by the great Robert Walser to appear in English

The Tanners

Fiction by Robert Walser

Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

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Paperback (published May 1, 2010)

ISBN
9780811215893
Price US
15.95
Price CN
20
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
368

Ebook (published May 1, 2010)

ISBN
9780811221320
Price US
15.95

Robert Walser

Early twentieth-century Swiss novelist

The incredible shrinking writer is a major twentieth-century prose artist who…can be placed in that comic tradition [that] runs form Gogol through Kafka and down to José Saramago…When Walser met Lenin in Zurich during the war, all he had to say was ‘So you, too, like fruitcake?’…It is remarkable to see what variety and richness, what easiness and charm, what winsome inanities and philosophical depths he could pack into half a page.

—Benjamin Kunkel