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La passeggiata

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La passeggiata (1919) è uno dei testi più perfetti di Walser, il grande scrittore svizzero che ormai, soprattutto dopo la pubblicazione delle sue opere complete, viene posto accanto a Kafka, a Rilke, a Musil – ammesso cioè fra i massimi autori di lingua tedesca del nostro secolo. Ma La passeggiata ha anche un significato peculiare in rapporto a tutta l’opera di Walser: è i...more
Paperback, Piccola Biblioteca #34, 106 pages
Published February 1st 1976 by Adelphi (first published 1917)
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May 06, 2013 s.penkevich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Walkers and Writers
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Proustitute

The earth became a dream; I myself had become an inward being, and I walked as in an inward world.

The joys, clear-headed thinking, and sheer beauty of a walk through the world come alive in Robert Walser’s The Walk. This is a sentiment that I too share, as I find I do my best thinking and arrive at my best inspirations while out on a run—I never review a book without getting at least one run in between the completion of the novel and sitting down to write so I can contemplate what it is I want t...more
Mike Puma

The Walk is my first exposure to Walser, and it makes me eager ready to read more. Why ‘ready’ rather than ‘eager’? There’s an intentional tediousness at work in the novella—a tendency to over-qualify, to ‘beat to death,’ if you prefer. As the narrator begins his perambulation (paragraph one), he encounters on the stair a woman, a “Spaniard, a Peruvian, or a Creole,” and accounts for his mood (in paragraph two) by saying, “Everything I saw made upon me a delightful impression of friendliness, of

Keyword: aureoled. Ambulatory satori. Reminded me of Bruno Schulz, Hrabal, a bit of Joseph Roth, Aira, A Confederacy of Dunces. Took some time to acclimate to the old-timey overwritten language, especially in dialogue. Too many modifiers early on? Translation was off? Had to reread wonky unclear constructions that sometimes revealed flat-out errors in the text. Wasn't sure I was gonna rate it more than two stars. But things settled down and clarified. The narrator developed. The language flowed...more
Ben Winch
NOTE: This is a review of the Serpent's Tail edition (a collection of stories) NOT the New Directions (a single novella).

I have read many Walsers since but this was the first, and it contains my favourite story (so far) in all of world literature: 'Kleist in Thun'. Just on this basis the book is worth 5 stars. Does it matter if, at the time I read it, I didn't really comprehend most of the other (mostly autobiographical, occasionally drole and often very short) pieces in this book? When later I...more
Camille Stein

Robert Walser | ΕΥΩΧΙΑ -

Así pues todo, todo, toda esta rica vida, los amables y sentenciosos colores, este encanto, esta alegría y este placer de vivir, todas estas humanas importancias, familia, amigo y amante, esta clara y tierna luz llena de bellas y divinas imágenes, las casas paternas y maternas y los dulces y suaves caminos perecerán un día, y morirán el alto sol, la luna, los corazones y los ojos de los hombres.


“El paseo” evidencia la distancia entre lo vivido y lo...more
Think of Knut Hamsun. Now think of him drinking and being a pacifist. The Walk explores modernity's challenges to a quiet life. The bookseller, the tax office and the tailor are among the riptides encountered by our humble man of letters, out to fill his lungs and prime his mind for poetic fomentation. There is an ache among the laughter. The rumble of not-so-distant war perists. Students are thrashed by zealous teachers. Our protagonist carries unrequited love in his breast and eventually ponde...more
Stephen P
I have read too many good books around the same time. Now I have no idea how to organize what, or what to review when. I will ask the book gods and hopefully they will deliver to me what is needed. This book certainly deserves a full review

It is finally time.

A sad tale. The sadness is etched beneath the eyes peeking out from the covering of a spoofed whimsy. The writer in this short novel wants to get out into the world. Beyond his office, on his walk around the town and adjoining countryside, h...more
M. Sarki
This is a superb book and very much fun to read. I was surprised at how similar the new Bernofsky translation was to the original Middleton. Upon receiving the book in the mail I discovered that she left much of what Middleton did intact. And there is nothing wrong with that at all. She explains the changes she made to the text in her introduction which is quite helpful.

I think, eventually, I will need to write something more about this short book. As many other "new" writers attempt to use wal...more
A beautiful translation by Christopher Middleton (with tweaking by Susan Bernofsky) of Walser's story "The Walk." Why tweak Middlton's translation (also available in NYRB's "Selected Stories")? Turns out that Middleton--unbeknownst to him when he first translated the story--translated the first version of the story, which Walser later revised. Bernofsky's tweaks are those incorporations of Walser's changes. Anyhow, Walser requires masterful skills to translate the nuances in his writing, which B...more
Una mirada personalísima al acto de Pasear.

Una exposición prática/teórica sobre las circunstancias que permiten realizar esta práctica con el mayor de los deleites y gozos.

Una lectura fresca, llena de lirismo, descripciones y reflexiones de diversa índole con un único protagonista: Un paseo.

Hermosa lectura
My first Walser, a breath of beautiful Swiss fresh air with a tinge of German melancholia.
“El paseo” es el primer libro de Robert Walser que leo. Realmente sentía curiosidad por conocer al autor después que un amigo me lo recomendó como el escritor que leía Kafka (y Kafka ya sabemos qué lugar misterioso ocupa en nuestras vidas como para despertar la curiosidad); además venía de leer a Vila-Matas que sale a paseo varias veces con él en su libro “El mal de Montano”. Mis primeras impresiones fueron que Walser realmente es un escritor aparte, alguien muy singular, con un estilo poderoso,...more
Jose Luis
“Me había levantado para irme a casa; porque ya era tarde, y todo estaba oscuro.”
"En otro fragmento nos habla de libros que se construyen para una sola página o línea y sugiere que Robert Walser escribió El paseo solo para, tras la descripción más que morosa de un feliz paseo diurno, poder incluir una última página perfecta y esta reveladora línea final: “Me había levantado para irme a casa; porque ya era tarde, y todo estaba oscuro”.

¡Y todo estaba oscuro! Hay libros de centenares de páginas...more
Includes "Kleist in Thun," which details the landscape of Thun, where Heinrich von Kleist sways between despair and joy. The antagonizing and comforting landscape is powerfully presented, heavy in Walser's tradition of the everyday, describing everything as it passes - people, the food, the smells, the noses, the arms, the legs, etc. This was not the first Walser I've read but his first collection of short stories I've seen. He seems most at home in this genre, compacting everything to a few pag...more
Poetic little gem of a novella on the pleasures and pains of walking. Enjoyed it as much as the writings of one of my other similar late-great fave authors W.G. SEBALD, whom aptly described it as: "A clairvoyant of the small." Fave passage from THE WALK: "Perhaps because of a general weariness, or for some other reason, I thought of a beautiful girl, and of how alone in the wide world I was, which could not possibly be right." Love WALKING & WALSER. Great read from a somewhat obscure old aut...more
Lee Razer
Ridiculous; sublime; verbose. Whitmanian, with added melancholia.
Spontaneously I exclaimed, "Pretty indignant, by God, should one be, when brought face to face with such golden inscriptional barbarities, which impress upon our rustic surrounds the seal of greed, moneygrubbing, and a miserable coarsening of the soul. Does a master baker really require to appear so huge, with his foolish proclamations, to beam forth and glitter, like a dressy, dubious lady? Let him bake and knead his bread in hon
Not really for me, this one. I should say that, with occasional exceptions, I'm not particularly a fan of the short-story format, which is a difficult thing to do well. I gave this a try anyway by way of giving myself a bite size introduction to Walser. It wasn't a success.

This collection scrapes two stars from me on the basis that there is the odd brief highlight contained within. However, many of these pieces do seem...well... kind of pointless. Worse, the longer stories here - 'The Walk' incl...more
"Walser’s people, suggested [Walter] Benjamin, are like fairy-tale characters once the tale has come to an end, characters who now have to live in the real world. There is something “laceratingly, inhumanly, and unfailingly superficial” about them, as if, having been rescued from madness (or from a spell), they must tread carefully for fear of falling back into it." - Coetzee
Simpatica l'idea della passeggiata e degli incontri casuali o meno, ma a me pare più un esercizio stilistico un po' vuoto di contenuti.
Je najlepšie čítať knihy v najlepšom možnom čase a to napriek tomu, že neposkytnú odpoveď na to prázdno čo máte v hlave.
Keď som išla vlakom z Bratislavy do Brna za oknom som videla tie hranaté kancelárske budovy. Od čias Kafku a Walsera sme v byrokratizácii pokročili ďalej, ale reflektujeme to menej. Walser chodil až sa uchodil, v blázinci bol aby bol šialený, nie aby písal.
Prechádzka by sa dala uplatniť ako zápis z pozorovania, je to aj sebareflexia pozorovateľa, ironické zrkadlo.
Vďaka Micha...more
David Glenn Dixon
Mincing, redundant, insufferable, charmless, coy, prissy, dead.
... the inward self is the only self which really exists.
Walser���s The Walk is anything but a light, jolly stroll: it���s a trek uphill through spiraling landscapes, before the reader realizes that Walser has begun an abrupt, downward descent. The closing pages of The Walk are utterly heart-rending.������

This is a novella about everything and nothing. The narrator, a writer, leaves his ���writing room, or room of phantoms��� to take a walk through the town and the countryside. Along the way, h...more
Thomas Wong
The Walk is not a long book, so perhaps all you need to know about what you might expect from its slim volume is that, of its 89 pages, Robert Walser chooses to dedicate 3 of them to the contents of a sign advertising Full Board and Lodging, and it's some of his finest writing.

Or, when in claiming those three pages of text all fit on one streetside advertisement, the narrator allows that "[t]wo or three readers will perhaps raise a few doubts about the authenticity of such a notice, opining that...more
Rafal Cebula
Eh. The character walks around being a jerk to everyone and ends up feeling bad about it. If you like people being snarky and mean maybe you will find him exciting, but he kind of came across as a mean spirited bully.
Buoyant, playful, profound and unlofty, guilelessly sly, parodic but not mean, and anyway that's not the point. Light. Full of light; and charm; and wit and laughing and sadness. Plotless, almost premiseless: a novella-lette in which the walker Walser indulges in real-world don-quijotism. Somehow it's about writing and being at the same time. Recommend reading both this edition and the older Middleton translation in FSG's SELECTED STORIES, 978-0-374-53362-5, pp. 54-104.
Better to look at my notes in the volume. Simple prose, expertly executed. A dense little thing, filled with advice(?). The line between the author and narrator are blurred. A satire and a commentary of a satire, a story starring a very human human. He cannot avoid his demons, however much he distracts himself. Applicable to today in many, many ways.
ходене и четене > седене и говорене
Michael sinkofcabbages
Bought this book ages ago while on a trip to NY and have been waiting for the right time (mindset) to read it. Sounds silly? When an author means so much to you; its hard to parcel out their writings before you read everything. I always want to learn/absorb as much as i can from the greats. And i think its pretty common that people feel they can rip through an important art work and claim that they "got it".
Thats why im waiting.
Robert Stewart
Let's just say at 89 pages this was too long. I was almost tempted to put it down and watch the Super Bowl. The charm wears off after a few pages. It is a one-trick pony. A person describing the book to me in some detail over five minutes would provide more pleasure, and I'm convinced more insight, than Walser's washed out stream of lukewarm sentiment and faux profundity.
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Robert Walser, a German-Swiss prose writer and novelist, enjoyed high repute among a select group of authors and critics in Berlin early in his career, only to become nearly forgotten by the time he committed himself to the Waldau mental clinic in Bern in January 1929. Since his death in 1956, however, Walser has been recognized as German Switzerland's leading author of the first half of the twent...more
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“The soul of the world had opened and I fantasized that everything wicked, distressing and painful was on the point of vanishing...all notion of the future paled and the past dissolved. In the glowing present, I myself glowed.” 3 likes
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