A Schoolboy's Diary and Other Stories by Robert Walser
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Hans’s odyssey resembles a pleasant ramble, and Walser provides joie de vivre in small, ingenuous doses.
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A Schoolboy’s Diary brings together more than seventy of Robert Walser’s strange and wonderful stories, most never before available in English. Opening with a sequence from Walser’s first book, “Fritz Kocher’s Essays,” the complete classroom assignments of a fictional boy who has met a tragically early death, this selection ranges from sketches of uncomprehending editors, overly passionate readers, and dreamy artists to tales of devilish adultery, sexual encounters on a train, and Walser’s service in World War I. Throughout, Walser’s careening, confounding, delicious voice holds the reader transfixed.
 

About Robert Walser

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Robert Walser was born in Switzerland in 1878 and worked as a bank clerk before becoming a writer. In 1929 he started hearing voices, was diagnosed as schizophrenic and - like his contemporary Ezra Pound - lived the rest of his life in a psychiatric hospital, where he continued to write. His novels include Jakob von Gunten (published by Serpent's Tail as Institute Benjamenta - 9781852425050) and The Assistant. He died in 1956.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by NYRB Classics. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Sep 10 2013

There are other indications that something extremely sophisticated is going on, and that Walser's village-idiocy is a kind of imposture.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 27 2013

Hans’s odyssey resembles a pleasant ramble, and Walser provides joie de vivre in small, ingenuous doses.

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