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Berlin Stories by Robert Walser
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Jan 21, 2012

really liked it

I will read anything by Walser. The writing has a strange, almost kooky exuberance, a tone that hovers somewhere between ecstasy and insanity. But he is also never free of a carefully observed, rather sad undertow, evident especially in the story "Frau Wilke." There his voice, so effervescent when observing nature, acquires a gentle despondency in the contemplation of a woman whose solitude and evident sadness his own humane instincts are powerless to overcome.
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