Christopher Benfey: Robert Walser, 10 May 2018
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New Directions, 127 pp., £11.99, May 2017, 978 0 8112 2139 9Show More
Girlfriends, Ghosts and Other Stories by Robert Walser, translated by Tom Whalen, Nicole Köngeter and Annette Wiesner.
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“... Best known for his short prose sketches, the idiosyncratic Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956) liked to call himself a ‘craftsman novelist’, cobbling together ‘a long, plotless, realistic story’. He insisted that his varied sketches – prose poems, portraits of friends and strangers, detailed accounts of walks through the city or countryside, stray bits of literary or art criticism, oddball fantasies – were actually fragments of a single work, which ‘might be described as a variously sliced up or torn apart book of myself ...”