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The Robber, Robert Walser’s last novel, tells the story of a dreamer on a journey of self-discovery. It is a hybrid of love story, tragedy, and farce, with a protagonist who sweet-talks teaspoons, flirts with important politicians, plays maidservant to young boys, and uses a passerby’s mouth as an ashtray. Walser’s novel spoofs the stiff-upper-lipped European petit bourgeo ...more
Paperback, 1, 196 pages
Published September 15th 2018 by NBC - Koppernik (first published 1925)
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This is the story of an ecstatic, The Robber, who enjoys life about as much as anyone possibly can, even when he suffers. Set in Switzerland in the early 1920s, he is forever moving between elation over this wonderful world, and despair over the fickle indifference of his great love, Edith. He tries to assuage his disappointment with liaisons with other women, but to no avail. This third-person narrative alternates with a first-person intrusive narrator who upbraids Edith for her indifference to ...more
Sinem A.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yazarın anlatımı, romanının karakteri ve okuyucusu ile ilişkisinin naifliği , seçtiği kelimelerle kurduğu cümlelerle hissettirdikleri..
Bir de kitabın edebiyata kazandırılmasındaki emeği de unutmamak lazım.
Çeviri ve baskı da güzel olmuş. Süprizi ve hevesi kaçıran önsöz de yok.
Çok sevdiğiniz bir yemeğin verdiği doygunluk gibi.
Caanım Walser
Eddie Watkins
The Robber is a guidebook for disappearance, an endlessly tangential map of the transient ghostliness of the ever-elusive self written by a gentleman who has politely bid farewell and stepped outside of his person. It is a precious hoot. It is a picaresque series of tiptoes around a goblin-infested forest. It is a shared narcissistic prism. It is a suite of rapid motions that spins in place. It is a needling delight, a frustrating pleasure.

Dear Walser pulled out of thin air a labyrinth construc
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Robber' Walser has released his sentences like free-range chickens and upon this novel they roam every-which-way, free at last, free at last! they proclaim, which just sounds like BOKBOK! BOKBOK! insignificant noodling noises from abreast mountaintops of hay. Barely existing, they peck at the ground for miniscule specks of worm-or-seed-like protein, each one stuck like a needle in a brain that has only one trajectory, a glimmer that a second ago had been some other glimmer entirely. Chickenfeet ...more
M. Sarki
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-wonders

"...He gave such a vulnerable impression. He resembled the leaf that a little boy strikes down from its branch with a stick, because its singularity makes it conspicuous."___Robert Walser from THE ROBBER

The Robber by Robert Walser is one of the most difficult books I have ever read. It wasn't until the last fifty pages that my reading speed accelerated. By the time I was finished I had already ordered two more books written by Walser and was searching for

"Cüretkar insanların çoğu cesaretten, gururlu olanların çoğu ise gururdan yoksun olurlar ve pek çok zayıf insan, zaaflarını itiraf edecek ruhsal gücü bulamaz. Dolayısıyla zayıflar genellikle güçlü, kızgınlar neşeli, aşağılanmışlar gururlui kibirliler mütevazı davranış sergilerler." Sf:22

"Senin ve yeteneklerinin belki birini çok mutlu edebileceğini, sadece düşünmek için bile fazlasıyla üşengeçsin." Sf:24

"Bu kız onu bir cesede çeviriyordu ama daha önce hiç olmadığı kadar canlı bir cesede." Sf
Merve Eflatun
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walser'a mikrogram tekniğiyle bir hayran mektubu yazacağım.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mijn recensie op THE DREAM LIFE OF BALSO SNELL staat hier: https://thedreamlifeofbalsosnell.tumb...
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Proustitute by: Paul
If you are fond of pleasure postponed, of insertions, digressions, concealment—and who is not?—this maze will amaze you.

- William H. Gass
Gass's comments about Walser's The Robber are spot-on: the novel is certainly a maze, "an unsolvable riddle" as Walser describes the Robber's beloved Edith's lips. The last novel that Walser wrote, The Robber was long left untranslated because it was found in its microscript form, a miniaturized version of Kurrent script which Walser used for his manuscripts
Ben Winch
Ah, The Robber. What a pleasure it was when this came out - to hold it, to read it, to anticipate Walser's ascension in the Anglo world on the basis of it. At the risk of writing one of those reviews that are more about the reviewer than the ostensible subject, I'll set the scene. 2006, winter. My wife and I had just broken up (the last time) and I'd left our house in Melbourne to drive to my dad's place in northern New South Wales, taking my time and camping along the way, living out the back o ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walser es un maestro, no hay con qué darle. Este libro, encima, es un experimento o más bien un juego o un chiste interno, no estaba destinado a publicarse, lo que lo hace realmente muy gracioso. Ese tono burlón y ligero que tiene siempre (burlón y ligero pero para nada superficial) acá está multiplicado, como liberado. Como dice el mismo narrador, que a su vez es el escritor que escribe "ayudado por" el protagonista (mmm....), es una novela breve pero que rebosa cultura y sustancia. El final es ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
Reading The Robber is like listening to your delightfully drunk father trying to tell you a story. More on that later. Robert Walser is perhaps more well-known for his novel Jakob Von Gunten, which was made into a film called Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life. I haven’t seen the film, but I have read the book. The Robber smiles at you, while flicking your ears. I’ll have much to say on that at some point. Walser wrote the book in what is called miscroscript. Micro means ...more
Murat G.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walser, geçirdiği "ruhsal sarsıntı" sonucu tedavi altına alındığı Waldau Kliniği'nde, mektup zarfları dergi kenarları vb. gibi atık kağıtlara aşağıda bir örneğini görebileceğiniz gözle görülemeyecek kadar küçük yazılar yazıyor. Bu yazılar bulunduğunda önce şifreli bir yazı tipi olduğu sanılsa da, sonraları bir doktora öğrencisi bu yazıların mercek yardımıyla okunacağını keşfediyor ve büyük çaba göstererek bir kısmı bu kitabı oluşturacak metinlerin temize çekilmesini sağlıyor.

Walser'in Karınca Duaları (Microscript ya da Mikrogramlar)

Öncelikle belirtmeli
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Een paar jaar geleden raakte ik helemaal verrukt van Robert Walser: de (ultra)korte verhalen in "De dame op het balkon" en op de mooie site, het schitterende "De wandeling", en het netvliesscheurend prachtige "Jakob von Gunten". Prachtboeken, vol geniaal gestoord proza, en voor mij werd Walser daardoor een nieuwe topfavoriet. En nu is dan ook "De rover" vertaald, gelukkig weer door Machteld Bokhove, gelukkig weer op heel elegante wijze. Dat is Walsers laatste roman, geschreven in ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un cago de risa. Me reía solo en el subte, la pasé bien. Walser es el Cacho Garay de la literatura, o sea un tipo que te cuenta un chiste serio, sin mover un músculo. Si no me creen, miren:

"Hablo trivialmente, casi como haciéndome el entendido. Cuánto lo siento".

"Para poder amar, hay que hacer todo lo posible por no amar. Y entonces, sin uno darse cuenta, estará amando. Para hallar un profundo respeto, hay que mostrarse irrespetuoso durante cierto tiempo, entonces aparecerá la necesidad de respe
Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is probably, no, truly, the most insane post-modern book ever written. It was written in micro-script (with a fat, unsharpened pencil so the myth goes) while he was in a mental hospital (but i don't think he was really crazy - just depressed). It took decades for scholars to figure out the writing. I'm glad someone worked on this and translated it into English. However, this is the most difficult read ever. I swear it goes from First-person narrative switching to third-person omniscient, th ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Walser's writing SOOOO much!! Full of unexpected twists, digressions, irrelevancies & above all humor, it is always a non-traditional treat. Even so, this book - his last - was a serious challenge. I don't think it's ever taken me so long to get thru 141 pages! There is no room for complacency; Walser is always throwing curves. Ostensibly the story of a romance, The Robber is in reality made up mostly of tangents that can drive you mad if you let them. Many times I picked up the book ...more
Guttersnipe Das
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Walser's last novel, The Robber, was found after his death, written on 24 sheets of paper, in a script so minute and indecipherable that it was thought for some time to be a code, or else a symptom of the schizophrenia with which Walser had been misdiagnosed.

Although Walser died in 1956, having spent the last 26 years of his life in mental asylums --where he was reported to be "perfectly lucid and ready to converse on a wide variety of literary and political topics" -- this novel was not
Mads Emil

"Røveren kom nu til et ikke-eksisterende gammelt hus, eller rettere sagt, til et gammelt hus, som man havde revet ned på grund af alderdom og som ikke lå der mere, idet det var holdt op med at gøre sig bemærket. Han kom altså rent ud sagt til et sted, hvor der havde ligget et hus engang. De omsvøb jeg gør her har til formål at fylde tiden ud, for jeg er nødt til at få lavet en bog af et vist omfang, eftersom jeg ellers vil blive endnu dybere foragtet end jeg allerede er."
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ficciòn
Me esperaba más de este obra. Los experimentos literarios son arriesgados y no dejan a nadie indiferente. También corren el riesgo de provocar una indigestión.
Para mí... Obra inferior a "El Paseo" o su gran "Jakob von Gunten"
Jan Koster
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
De rover van Robert Walser is geen alledaagse roman. Het leest niet altijd makkelijk, hij springt van de hak op de tak, hij doet beloften en komt ze doodleuk niet na. Het is wel creatief, hij speelt een fascinerend spel met zichzelf, de hoofdpersoon en de lezer, hij heeft geregeld "last" van ironie en zelfspot en zet je soms ook aan het denken. Prachtige vertaling van Machteld Bokhove.

De volledige recensie:
Osiris Oliphant
A review from 2002! I think Robert Walser may even still have been alive at the time!

Our Robber is a humble man w/an inborn pride of thieves
In review of writers far worthier than I, and contemporaneous of Walser: Robert Musil said: Walser writes as "an ice-skater executes his long curves & figures...these little endlessnesses waft over into the in the hours between a suicide's decision and final act(1914). The most Illuminated of all assessors of literary greatness, Walter Benjamin
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: somewhere-else, 2015

With his slim novel The Robber, Robert Walser reached the pinnacle of his experiments in portraying a certain type of character in his fiction. To assign this type a single defining term, such as flâneur, dreamer, drifter, or perhaps lost soul, reduces the scale of Walser’s literary accomplishments. For this character, fine-tuned over the course of four novels (those extant of the author’s self-reported nine completed) and countless of his “little prose pieces,” is far too complex and ever-chang
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hay frases, párrafos enteros, que son deslumbrantes. Las aventuras del bandido son un breve hilo conductor entre reflexiones, recursos estilísticos y malabarismos con el lenguaje. Una auténtica sorpresa y una verdadera delicia.
Robert Walser is a magician; I could read this book again and again and I'd never be able to summarize it. The book is almost unquotable! Like a good conversation, recollections and anecdotes come rolling through the narration with an easy charm, half-forgetting its destination along the way.
Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, hilarious, strange, in places disturbing, sui generis --and almost lost forever, having been written in "microscript" during Walser's long decades confined to an insane asylum.
Brett Warnke
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"My opinion of myself is a true monument," says the narrator of this chatty, digressive and often hilarious novel. Robert Walser's strange book, published two decades after he died wandering out into the Alps from the mental asylum he had been living, is plotless but not without incident similar to the clever narrators of a Nabokov and Gogol story. These authors are, after all, the ancestors and progeny of Walser. The author's brother illustrated the cover art and Walser's autobiographical story ...more
Brian Bonilla
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Habiendo terminado de leer El Bandido de Walser me pregunto si fue una decisión acertada empezar mi acercamiento al autor con este libro. Sin embargo, debo decir que a pesar de no tener una respuesta a dicho interrogante, no me arrepiento para nada de haber emprendido la lectura de esta obra y por el contrario (afortunadamente), se ha despertado en mí una curiosidad por el resto de este monstruo literario. El Bandido es un libro lento de leer, está lleno de reflexiones que se tornan densas por m ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a confusing and fragmented book put together after Walsers death. We meet an unnamed robber caught in a bizarre love triangle.The Robber is an exceedingly poor young man. He is only able to live by virtue of the charity others bestow upon him, the money given to him by the Batavian uncle, and the attentions of a number of well-meaning women. Walser' has a unique outsider perspective and mixes this with a clownish logic. This creates a palpable mindscape where anything can happen, or threat ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Na de eerste drie bladzijden gelezen te hebben, begon ik terug opnieuw want ik dacht dat ik niet aandachtig genoeg was geweest... Om tot de vaststelling te komen dat ik best wel aandachtig genoeg was en me niet moest verzetten maar me overgeven aan dit wonderlijke boek. Aantrekken en afstoten, je voortdurend op het verkeerde been zetten, je weet soms echt niet wat je leest. Dit is tot nu toe, het meest bizarre en bijzondere boek dat ik ooit gelezen heb.
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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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“I've thought of myself a girl on several occasions because I like to polish shoes and find household tasks amusing. There was once even a time when I insisted on mending a torn suit with my own hands. And in winter I always light the heating stoves myself, as though this were the natural course of things. But of course I'm not a real girl. Please give me a moment to consider all this would entail. The first thing that comes to mind is the question of whether I might possibly be a girl has never, never, not for a single moment, troubled me, rattled my bourgeois composure or made me unhappy. An absolutely by no means unhappy person stands before you, I'd like to put quite special emphasis on this, for I have never experienced sexual torment or distress, for I was never at a loss for quite simple methods of freeing myself from pressures. A rather curious, that is to say, important discovery for me was that it filled me with the most delightful gaiety to imagine myself someone's servant.... My nature, then, merely inclines me to treat people well, to be helpful and so forth. Not long ago I carried with flabbergasting zeal a shopping bag full of new potatoes for a petit bourgeoise. She's have been perfectly able to tote it herself. Now my situation is this: my particular nature also sometimes seeks, I've discovered, a mother, a teacher, that is, to express myself better, an unapproachable entity, a sort of goddess. At times I find the goddess in an instant, whereas at others it takes time before I'm able to imagine her, that is, find her bright, bountiful figure and sense her power. And to achieve a moment of human happiness, I must always first think up a story containing an encounter between myself and another person, whereby I am always the subordinate, obedient, sacrificing, scrutinized, and chaperoned party. There's more to it, of course, quite a lot, but this still sheds light on a few things. Many conclude it must be terribly easy to carry out a course of treatment, as it were, upon my person, but they're all gravely mistaken. For, the moment anyone seems ready to start lording and lecturing it over me, something within me begins to laugh, to jeer, and then, of course, respect is out of the question, and within the apparently worthless individual arises a superior one whom I never expel when he appears in me....” 5 likes
“...He gave such a vulnerable impression. He resembled the leaf that a little boy strikes down from its branch with a stick, because its singularity makes it conspicuous.” 4 likes
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