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The Walk is a good place to start reading Walser, and offers a kind of bridge between the novels and the microscripts…. The walk is a search for freedom, is an act of freedom itself, and the writing feels free to launch into invective, or drape itself in courtesy, as it pleases. It is an attempt to approximate writing to life, to subject it to circumstance and chance encounter, but for all its overt artificiality the story is deeply affecting.

The Times Literary Supplement

Walser’s alternate, preferred version of his most famous tale.

The Walk

by Robert Walser

Translated by Susan BernofskyChristopher Middleton

With a contribution by Susan Bernofsky

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Paperback (published June 5, 2012)

ISBN
9780811219921
Price US
9.95
Price CN
10.99
Page Count
80

Robert Walser

Early twentieth-century Swiss novelist

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The Walk is a good place to start reading Walser, and offers a kind of bridge between the novels and the microscripts…. The walk is a search for freedom, is an act of freedom itself, and the writing feels free to launch into invective, or drape itself in courtesy, as it pleases. It is an attempt to approximate writing to life, to subject it to circumstance and chance encounter, but for all its overt artificiality the story is deeply affecting.

The Times Literary Supplement

The hope that shines forth in the moments of self-knowledge, transcendence, and grace Walser describes is anything but meager: on the contrary, it is exultation the writer feels when he perceives the sublime in the tiniest details of everyday life.

The Brooklyn Rail

The Walk remains the best starting point for experiencing Walser’s unique genius.

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