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Walser, Robert 1878-1956

Works: 1,100 works in 4,630 publications in 31 languages and 40,377 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Short stories  Biography  Satire  Satirical literature  Pictorial works  Biographies  Anecdotes  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Creator, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Redactor, zxx, Dedicatee, Honoree, Librettist, Editor, Lyricist, Composer
Classifications: PT2647.A64, 833.912
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Most widely held works by Robert Walser
Jakob von Gunten; a novel by Robert Walser( Book )

199 editions published between 1909 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 1,660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jakob von Gunten is a seventeen-year-old runaway who enrolls in a school for servants. The Institute is a deeply mysterious place: the faculty lies asleep in a single room; the students, though subject to fierce discipline, come and go at will. Jakob, a spirited and subversive presence, keeps a journal in which he records his quirky impressions of the school, as well as his own enthusiasms and uncertainties, deliberations and dreams. And in the end, as the Institute dissolves around him like a dream, he steps out boldly to explore still-unimagined worlds
Das Gesamtwerk by Robert Walser( Book )

263 editions published between 1908 and 2016 in 15 languages and held by 1,626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Un personaje tan singular como Walser no hubiera podido inventarlo nadie", escribió Elias Canetti. Robert Walser nació en Biel, Suiza, en 1878. A los catorce años abandonó sus estudios para trabajar de botones. Se preparó tenaz y humildemente para ejercer varios oficios ;actor, librero, secretario, archivero, incluso asistiría a un curso para emplearse de mayordomo en un castillo de Silesia;, pero todos fueron un fracaso. Entre 1904 y 1925 publicó toda su obra poética y novelística, que entusiasmó a la crítica y a los escritores de lengua alemana más importantes de su tiempo; lo que no impidió siquiera un alivio en la absoluta precariedad en la que vivía. A partir de 1925, los síntomas nerviosos, de origen hereditario, se intensificaron hasta tal punto que, en 1933, ingresó voluntariamente en el manicomio, del que ya no saldría hasta el día de Navidad de 1956, cuando unos niños lo encontraron muerto en la nieve. El ayudante cuenta, con una ironía extraordinaria, la historia del ingeniero Tobler, que se separó de su mujer y sus cuatro hijos después de su ruina, a la que asistirá paso a paso, y de la manera más sumisa, su fiel empleado Joseph. Walser narra una experiencia autobiográfica, apenas alterada, después de trabajar seis meses en la casa del ingeniero Dubler. La novela se publicaría en 1908, siendo acogida por la crítica con el mayor de los entusiasmos
The Tanners by Robert Walser( Book )

173 editions published between 1907 and 2017 in 12 languages and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Tanners captures the lives of five siblings as they wander somewhat at a loss through life, and is Robert Walser's last major novel to be brought into English. The Tanner family's meetings, separations, quarrels, romances, employment, and lack of employment over the course of a year or two are the threads Walser weaves into his airy, strange, and brightly gorgeous fabric."--Jacket
The walk by Robert Walser( Book )

116 editions published between 1917 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ranging from one-page fantasies to novella-length studies of everyday existence, The Walk reveals the irresistible genius of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. Under-appreciated even in his own lifetime, Robert Walser has nonetheless been recognised by such writers as W.G. Sebald, Susan Sontag, Franz Kafka, Herman Hesse and J.M. Coetzee. Like Kafka and Sebald, Walser wrote about the solitude and unease of human existence. Honest, wry and idiosyncratic, his stories are snapshots of the lives great artists, poor young men, beautiful women and talking animals alike
The robber by Robert Walser( Book )

84 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Robber," Robert Walser' s last novel, tells the story of a dreamer on a journey of self-discovery. It is a hybrid of love story, tragedy, and farce, with a protagonist who sweet-talks teaspoons, flirts with important politicians, plays maidservant to young boys, and uses a passerby' s mouth as an ashtray. Walser' s novel spoofs the stiff-upper-lipped European petit bourgeois and its nervous reactions to whatever threatens the stability of its worldview
Running with the Devil : power, gender, and madness in heavy metal music by Robert Walser( )

28 editions published between 142 and 2014 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A Choice Outstanding Academic Book. A musicologist and cultural critic as well as a professional musician, Robert Walser offers a comprehensive musical, social, and cultural analysis of heavy metal in Running with the Devil. Dismissed by critics and academics, condemned by parents and politicians, fervently embraced by legions of fans, heavy metal music attracts and embodies cultural conflicts that are central to our society. Walser explores how and why heavy metal works, both musically and socially, and at the same time uses metal to investigate contemporary formations of identity, community, gender, and power
The assistant by Robert Walser( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph, hired to become an inventor's new assistant, arrives one rainy Monday morning at Technical Engineer Karl Tobler's splendid hilltop villa: he is at once pleased and terribly worried, a state soon followed by even stickier psychological complexities. He enjoys the beautiful view over Lake Zurich, in the company of the proud wife, Frau Tobler, and the delicious savory meals. But does he deserve any of these pleasures?
Aus dem Bleistiftgebiet by Robert Walser( Book )

80 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in German and Undetermined and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bde. 2 und 4 mit Nachwort von Werner Morlang, Bd. 3 mit Nachwort von Bernhard Echte. Ein Nachwort enth. ferner Bd. 6
Microscripts by Robert Walser( Book )

35 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected from the six-volume German original, these twenty-five short pieces address schnapps, rotten husbands, small-town life, elegant jaunts, the radio, swine (and how none of us can deny being one), jealousy, and marriage proposals. This is the first English translation of Walser's work to be accompanied by facsimiles of the original microscripts and the original German texts
Berlin stories by Robert Walser( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and German and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Fritz Kochers Aufsätze by Robert Walser( Book )

69 editions published between 1904 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mit einem Nachwort von Erik Granly Jensen
Prosa by Robert Walser( Book )

45 editions published between 1960 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Gedichte by Robert Walser( Book )

41 editions published between 1908 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetenleben by Robert Walser( Book )

36 editions published between 1918 and 2014 in German and Undetermined and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking at pictures by Robert Walser( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LOOKING AT PICTURES--a selection of Robert Walser's writings on art and artists--is a Christine Burgin/New Directions co-publication, and includes 45 full-color illustrations. A beautiful and elegant collection, with gorgeous full-color art reproductions, LOOKING AT PICTURES presents a little-known side of the eccentric Swiss genius: his great writings on art. His essays consider Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Cranach, Watteau, Fragonard, Brueghel and his own brother Karl and also discuss general topics such as the character of the artist and of the dilettante as well as the differences between painters and poets --
Kleine Dichtungen by Robert Walser( Book )

39 editions published between 1914 and 2011 in German and Undetermined and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Rose by Robert Walser( Book )

39 editions published between 1925 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mit einem Nachwort von Jochen Greven
Robert Walser : eine literarische Biographie in Texten und Bildern by Jürg Amann( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in German and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historias de amor by Robert Walser( Book )

32 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De los más de mil relatos cortos escritos por Robert Walser unos cien versan sobre el amor. Volker Michels, germanista y autor del epílogo que acompaña esta edición, seleccionó en 1978 ochenta y los ordenó cronológicamente. Estos relatos demuestran la gran variedad del registro expresivo de Robert Walser y dan fe de la evolución de un autor que tenía un concepto poco convencional del amor y del erotismo. En ellos se manifiesta un desmesurado amor mundi que lo envuelve todo, las muchachas y los pájaros, las nubes y las mujeres distantes, las flores en los prados y los enamorados que se tumban sobre ellos con su mirada benévola pero también pícara. Con graciosas caricias poéticas, abundantes diminutivos y giros verbales absolutamente delirantes, Robert Walser recoge todo lo que le viene a las mientes para conformar un mundo palpitante de comunicación amorosa y de placer. Son éstas, en suma, unas historias plenas de un humor corrosivo contra la hipócrita moral burguesa, en las que también aparecen irónicas imitaciones de la literatura amorosa y recreaciones burlescas de los sueños de la adolescencia
Komödie : Märchenspiele und szenische Dichtungen by Robert Walser( Book )

26 editions published between 1919 and 2002 in German and Undetermined and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few writers have ever experienced such a steady rise in their reputation and public profile as Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956) has seen in recent years. As more of his previously little known work has been translated into English, readers have discovered a unique writer whose off-kilter sensibility and innovations in form are perfectly suited to our fragmented, distracted, bewildered era. This book brings English-language readers work by Walser in yet another form: dramolette. The short plays presented here, inspired by the German theater Walser enjoyed in his youth, while never meant to be performed, present scenes, characters, and situations that comment on the brutality of fairy tales, the impossibilities of love, the dark fate of the Christ child (and Walser himself), and more. At the same time, like all of Walser's work they are shot through with a humor that is wholly genuine despite its shades of darkness. Gathering all of Walser's plays, as well as his later, fragmentary dramatic writings, Comedies will be celebrated by the many devoted fans of this lately rediscovered master."--Publisher's website
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Das GesamtwerkThe TannersThe walkThe robberRunning with the Devil : power, gender, and madness in heavy metal musicThe assistantMicroscriptsBerlin stories
Alternative Names
Bálzer, Rómpert 1878-1956

Baruzā, Rōberuto 1878-1956

Palchŏ, Robŏt'ŭ 1878-1956

Rober Walser

Robert Valʹzer

Robert Walser écrivain suisse

Robert Walser escriptor suís

Robert Walser escritor suizo

Robert Walser pisarz szwajcarski

Robert Walser poeta e scrittore svizzero

Robert Walser schweizisk författare och poet

Robert Walser schweizisk skribent og poet

Robert Walser Šveitsi kirjanik

Robert Walser sveitsisk skribent og poet

Robert Walser švýcarský spisovatel

Robert Walser Swiss writer

Robert Walser Zwitsers schrijver

Robertas Valseris

Robertus Walser

Ṿalzer, Roberṭ 1878-1956

Valzer, Rompert 1878-1956

Valzeri, Robert 1878-1956

W., R. 1878-1956

Walser, Robert

Walser, Robert Otto 1878-1956

Wal'zer, Robert.

Walzer, Robert 1878-1956

Роберт Валзер

Роберт Вальзер

Ռոբերտ Վալզեր շվեյցարացի գրող

ואלזר, רוברט 1878־1956

ולזר, רוברט 1878-1956

רוברט ואלזר

רוברט ואלזר סופר שווייצרי

روبرت فالسر

روبرت فالسر كاتب سويسري

روبرت والزر شاعر و نویسنده سوئیسی

روبەرت ۆالزەر

발저, 로베르트 1878-1956


ヴァルザー, R

ヴァルザー, ローベルト


ローベルト・ヴァルザー 1878-1956