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Robert Walser wrote many of his manuscripts in a highly enigmatic, shrunken-down form. These narrow strips of paper, covered with tiny ant-like pencil markings a millimeter high, came to light only after the author’s death in 1956. At first considered random restless pencil markings or a secret code, the microscripts were in time discovered to be a radically miniaturized form of antique German script: a whole story was deciphered on the back of a business card. These twenty-five short pieces address schnapps, rotten husbands, small town life, elegant jaunts, the radio, swine, jealousy, and marriage proposals.

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

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."

Prize-winning translator Susan Bernofsky has translated numerous works by Robert Walser including The Microscripts, The Tanners, and The Assistant. She is currently at work on a biography of Robert Walser.

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ISBN:
9780811220330
Author:
Walser, Robert
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Author:
Kalman, Maira
Author:
Bernofsky, Susan
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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