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Jakob von Gunten

Jakob von Gunten

Jakob von Gunten

By Robert Walser
Translated by Christopher Middleton

"The moral core of Walser’s art is the refusal of power; of domination....Walser’s virtues are those of the most mature, most civilized art. He is a truly wonderful, heartbreaking writer."—Susan Sontag

The Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956) is one of the quiet geniuses of twentieth-century literature. Largely self-taught and altogether indifferent to worldly success, Walser wrote a range of short stories, essays, as well as four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest. The book is a young man's inquisitive and irreverent account of life in what turns out to be the most uncanny of schools. It is the work of an outsider artist, a writer of uncompromising originality and disconcerting humor, whose beautiful sentences have the simplicity and strangeness of a painting by Henri Rousseau.

Paperback
200 pages
NYRB Classics, 1999
Originally published in 1909
5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
ISBN 9780940322219
Fiction, Coming-of-Age

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