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La passeggiata

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  951 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
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 February 1st 1917)
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May 06, 2013 s.penkevich rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 29, 2016 Ilse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I walk, therefore I am

And then I see a darkness

“Did I pick flowers to lay them upon my sorrow?” I asked myself, and the flowers fell out of my hand.

Modernism, romanticism, melancholia, irony: it is all there, in the few pages of this bittersweet fairy-tale. As this was my first acquaintance with Walser’s prose, and there is plenty left to discover, here is a happy reader.

The narrator, a poet, flees from his writing room, “or room of phantoms”, and goes out for a stroll. Crossing the path of a v
Oct 10, 2016 Pantelis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was taught this book as a freshman in Psychogeography at the University of Fredonia. A sacred book for all observant walkers, written almost 100 years ago.... The discipline has advanced a lot since then but the travel log of this promeneur solitaire is the first decisive step, anticipated already in the works of Pausanias, Dafoe, De Quincey, Baudelaire... All the basic principles of the flaneur's art are here, especially when it comes to attitude, the proper mixture of irony and despair... Wa ...more
Mike Puma
Jun 04, 2012 Mike Puma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the few

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

Aug 16, 2016 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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? Had to reread unclear constructions that sometimes revealed flat-out errors. Wasn't sure I was gonna rate it more than two stars. But things settled down and clarified. The narrator developed. The language flowed after the road was cleared of modifier ...more
Susan Budd
Aug 31, 2016 Susan Budd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love walking and the weather has been so pleasant lately that I have been taking long walks everyday. But this morning it was raining, so instead of walking, I sat by the open window, listened to the sweet summer rain pouring down, and read The Walk. If I couldn’t take my walk, I would at least get some vicarious pleasure from reading of the walk of someone else who loved to walk. But it was a very different walk I took with Walser than I have ever taken on my own!

Walser observes everyone and
Stephen P
Feb 04, 2013 Stephen P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
M. Sarki
Aug 09, 2016 M. Sarki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Of late, in my independent reading study, I have subjected myself to numerous mundane and verbose works. Because of my slightly depressing literary summer boredom I decided to pull from my cabin shelf a title I had previously read at least two times. The Walk by Robert Walser was first translated into English by Christopher Middleton in 1957. In 2012 New Directions published a contemporary translation by Susan Bernofsky which included Walser’s significant
Camille Stein
Apr 27, 2014 Camille Stein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 05, 2013 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
El alquimista del tedio .
Para mí leer a Robert Walser (1878-1956) tiene efectos balsámicos. Sus novelas siempre están llenos de personajes cargados de energía y de esperanza, siempre estoicos dispuestos a afrontar lo que les venga de buen grado. Parece que ese estado de bienestar es inmanente al autor.
Al menos, durante los años en los que pudo escribir antes de sucumbir a una enfermedad mental.

Walser define su actitud vital así:

“En el fondo lo único que da orgullo y alegría al espíritu son los esfuerzos superados con br
Nate D
Slight yet cosmic, comedic yet serious, classic yet postmodern, finely attuned to details external and internal, Walser's novella is almost boldly frivolous (the writer, bored, departs for a walk, and relates all he sees in an often excessive descriptive effusion) yet surprisingly brushed with philosophical detail (as seems to be his frequent modus operandi -- so summarized on the jacket by Sebald: "A clairvoyant of the the small"). This stylistic and interrogatory excess applied to such non-sto ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story "The Walk" makes a misleadingly simplistic impression: an author walks in high spirits through the city streets, reporting what he sees on his way, constantly making comments; but through a number of confrontations with others his cheerful mood changes into melancholy and dejection. The tone at times is lofty, but with an ironic undertone that often changes into sarcasm; especially the feverish monologues and fierce arguments with others made me thing very much of Gogol (as W. G. Sebal ...more
... 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, he meets many
Oziel Bispo
Jun 26, 2016 Oziel Bispo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Walser foi um escritor admirado por Kafka, Thomas Mann Hesse, Elias Canetti , Susan Sontag e tantos outros.No pouco tempo que ainda lúcido pôde escrever, produziu verdadeiras maravilhas...Passou a maior parte de sua vida num hospital psiquiátrico. Uma dessas maravilhas é o extenso conto "O passeio" que retrata o caminhar de um jovem escritor e poeta pelas ruas da cidade, pelas florestas e campos onde se depara com várias situações e personagens que o fazem pensar e refletir sobre seu pape ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Na de tweede lezing: Ja, wat een heerlijk kleinood, en geen gepaster nawoord dan het bijna hartstochtelijke essay "Le promeneur solitaire" van W.G. Sebald: twee vrienden in één klap!
Aug 10, 2015 Luc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-german
Ik begrijp uw verbazing wanneer ik U hier en nu vraag mij bereidwillig toe te staan U kond te doen van mijn impressies bij mijn recente lezing van een dun boekje -getiteld "De Wandeling"(1917)-, geschreven door de raadselachtige en helaas op latere leeftijd door neurasthenie getroffen Duitstalige Zwitserse auteur Robert Walser. Wat kan het U immers schelen wat ik zoal doe om mijn geest voldoende afleiding te bezorgen zodat deze zich niet met echt wezenlijke dingen zou moeten gaan bezighouden! Of ...more
May 17, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2015 NobilisGughy rated it liked it
Qui, in questo momento, è divinamente bello.
Andarsene per la via, guardando al mondo con sincera meraviglia, assorti in pensieri e idee che sempre affollano la mente del viandante sensibile, come lampi di luce e luci di lampi.

Praticare, ad ogni passo, l’arte di chinarsi verso le più minute realtà del quotidiano, coglierne la segreta poesia. Mantenere un fiducioso, attento sguardo che abbraccia cose e luoghi, ne sfiora l’anima, gli dona forma. Si tratta d’indugiare in superficie, per precipitare
Jun 28, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2013 Jandri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heaven Yassine
«Ai-je cueilli des fleurs pour les déposer sur mon malheur?» me demandai-je, et le bouquet tomba de ma main. Je m’étais levé pour rentrer chez moi, car il était déjà tard et tout était sombre.» ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oddly enough, even though I have his books in my library, this is the first time read Robert Walser. I just got back from a long flight, and I needed something to read that would get me going again - and this book did it for me. I spend a lot of time in my life to walk in various parts of Los Angeles (considered not to be a walking town, but alas I disagree) and Tokyo. Walking, at least for me, clearly opens my head up - and reading this book reminds me of the enjoyment of taking such a walk. Be ...more
A. M.
Jan 03, 2015 A. M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-directions, 2015
A deceptively sharp blend of amiable, rambling farce, unreliable narrator and unexpected contrast. Commentary on both the nature of humanity and writing lurk beneath a largely comical surface, inviting the reader to revisit upon the incredibly well-executed final pages. Highly recommended.
Nov 02, 2014 Albena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
разходките никога няма да са същите
Táňa Sedláková
prechádzky - pozorovania - všímavosť. Skúšam si predstaviť, o čo všetko by človek prišiel a prichádza, keď sa neprechádza, nepozoruje. Predstavujem si situácie a dni, v ktorých bez povšimnutia sledujeme čelom vpred svoje ciele. Tieto predstavy nie je neľahké navodiť. Walser píše, Hvorecký prekladá, Sedláková v dobrej spoločnosti pritakáva – „prechádzať sa musím, a to bezpodmienečne, aby som si prevetral hlavu, aby som si udržala spojenie so svetom“. Nakoniec, veď to kvôli prechádzkam z pýche a p ...more
Hakan T
Feb 13, 2015 Hakan T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bazen dalgacı bazen de yakıcı uslubuyla kendisini ilgiyle okutan bir yazarmış Walser. 1917'de bir otel odasında yazıldığı belirtilen hikayelerin önemli bir bölümü de yazarın, yaratıcının karşı karşıya kaldığı sorunları, sınamaları işliyor. Kitaba adını da veren, novella niteliğindeki ilk hikaye Gezinti müthiş. Ortalardaki hikayeler biraz didaktik, ama sonra tekrar kalite yükseliyor. Toplum içinde yaşamanın sıkıntılara gayet iyi değiniyor, doğaya güzel selam veriyor. Yeterince hakkı verilmemiş bi ...more
Lee Razer
May 13, 2014 Lee Razer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Thomas Wong
Aug 25, 2013 Thomas Wong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
“No, I wouldn't want to live permanently anywhere but in Berlin. Do the children in small towns, towns that are old and decayed, live any better? Of course, there are some things here that we don't have. Romantic things? I believe I'm not mistaken when I look upon something that is scarcely half alive as romantic. The defective, the crumbled, the diseased; e.g., an ancient city wall. Whatever is useless yet mysteriously beautiful ― that is romantic. I love to dream about such things, and, as I see it, dreaming about them is enough. Ultimately, the most romantic thing is the heart, and every sensitive person carries in himself old cities enclosed by ancient walls.” 2 likes
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