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Robert Walser

A Slap in the Face and Other Matters - Selection by Thomas Hirschhorn and Reto Sorg

With an introduction by Thomas Hirschhorn
(German title: Eine Ohrfeige und sonstiges)
ca. 300 pages
Paperback
2019
Robert Walser
Foto: Robert Walser

Robert Walser was born in Biel/Bienne in Switzerland in 1878 and died on a solitary walk in the snow on Christmas Day, 1956, near the Herisau sanitarium.

http://www.robertwalser.ch/en/about-robert-walser/

»A Paul Klee in prose, a good-humored, sweet Beckett, Walser is a truly wonderful, heartbreaking writer. In Walser’s fictions one is always inside a head, but this universe – and this despar – is anything but solipsistic. It is charged with compassion: awareness of the creatureliness of life, of the fellowship of sadness« Susan Sontag

»Was Walser a great writer? If one is reluctant to call him great, said Canetti, that is only because nothing could be more alien to him than greatness.« J. M. Coetzee

»Robert Walser moves me more and more […] He is truthful without making a frontal attack on the truth, he becomes truth by walking around it.« Elias Canetti

»Be an Outsider! Be a Hero! Be Robert Walser!« Thomas Hirschhorn

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Robert Walser has always inspired visual artists all around the world, including Thomas Hirschhorn, one of the most provocative and innovative contemporary artists, to whom Robert Walser is a central figure, a »hero« representing true artistry. Walser’s standard of art is always connected to a personal point of view that denotes distance to the establishment.

A selection of Robert Walser’s best texts – an ideal introduction to the work of an author whose poetic, vivid writing possesses unabated impact.

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Der Spaziergang/The Walk (1917)

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Der Gehülfe/The Assistant (1908)

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Geschwister Tanner/The Tanners (1907)

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