Berlin Stories by Robert Walser
(New York Review Books Classics)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

Walser writes beautifully on the pleasures of anticipating the new theatre season, of watching Anna Pavlova dance, and of merely smoking a roll-up, being on a tram in the rain, and buying a bag of walnuts.
-Guardian

Synopsis

A New York Review Books Original

In 1905 the young Swiss writer Robert Walser arrived in Berlin to join his older brother Karl, already an important stage-set designer, and immediately threw himself into the vibrant social and cultural life of the city. Berlin Stories collects his alternately celebratory, droll, and satirical observations on every aspect of the bustling German capital, from its theaters, cabarets, painters’ galleries, and literary salons, to the metropolitan street, markets, the Tiergarten, rapid-service restaurants, and the electric tram. Originally appearing in literary magazines as well as the feuilleton sections of newspapers, the early stories are characterized by a joyous urgency and the generosity of an unconventional guide. Later pieces take the form of more personal reflections on the writing process, memories, and character studies. All are full of counter-intuitive images and vignettes of startling clarity, showcasing a unique talent for whom no detail was trivial, at grips with a city diving headlong into modernity.
 

About Robert Walser

See more books from this Author
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 January 24, 2012 by NYRB Classics. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Berlin Stories
All: 3 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 0

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by JS Tennant on Feb 11 2012

Whether Walser is exquisitely deflating the pretentions of a snob or a critic, sitting alone in a beer hall or on a bench in the Tiergarten, his light humour and charisma shine through wherever he turns his levelling gaze.

Read Full Review of Berlin Stories (New York Revi... | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Feb 14 2012

He was, by all accounts, a natural, in both the sense of being able to write at great speed without ever needing to correct himself...

Read Full Review of Berlin Stories (New York Revi... | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by JS Tennant on Feb 11 2012

Walser writes beautifully on the pleasures of anticipating the new theatre season, of watching Anna Pavlova dance, and of merely smoking a roll-up, being on a tram in the rain, and buying a bag of walnuts.

Read Full Review of Berlin Stories (New York Revi... | See more reviews from Guardian

Reader Rating for Berlin Stories
67%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 6 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×