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Selected Stories by Robert Walser
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Sep 21, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: translation, shortstories, fiction
Read in October, 2008

this is a remarkable collection. there is a deceptive simplicity to walser that belies his authorial prowess. these stories elicit a lasting effect not unlike strolling amid a snowfall: a sense of enchantment, breathtaking beauty, and dazzling serenity countered by fragility and potential devastation. refined, resplendent, and slightly rueful.

of all these exceptional stories, "kleist in thun," "helbling's story," "the little berliner," and "the walk" shine brightest.

"we don't need to see anything out of the ordinary. we already see so much."

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