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A pseudo-biographical "stroll" through town and countryside rife with philosophical musings, has been hailed as the masterpiece of Walser's short prose. Walking features heavily in his writing, but nowhere else is it as elegantly considered. Without walking, "I would be dead," Walser explains, "and my profession, which I love passionately, would be destroyed. Because it is on walks that the lore of nature and the lore of the country are revealed, charming and graceful, to the sense and eyes of the observant walker." was the first piece of Walser's work to appear in English, and the only one translated before his death. However, Walser heavily revised his most famous novella, altering nearly every sentence, rendering the baroque tone of his tale into something more spare. An introduction by translator Susan Bernofsky explains the history of , and the differences between its two versions.

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Robert Walser's preferred alternate version of his classic tale. In a new translation by Susan Bernofsky, is an elegant consideration of walking and the philosophical musings it engenders.

About the Author

Robert Walser (1878-1956) was born in Switzerland. He left school at fourteen and led a wandering and precarious existence working as a bank clerk, a butler in a castle, and an inventor's assistant while producing essays, stories, and novels. In 1933 he abandoned writing and entered a sanatorium--where he remained for the rest of his life. "I am not here to write," Walser said, "but to be mad."Susan Bernofsky is the acclaimed translator of Hermann Hesse, Robert Walser, and Jenny Erpenbeck, and the recipient of many awards, including the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize and the Hermann Hesse Translation Prize. She teaches literary translation at Columbia University and lives in New York.

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ISBN:
9780811219921
Author:
Walser, Robert
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Author:
Bernofsky, Susan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
New Directions Pearls
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in

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