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Jakob von Gunten Novel by Robert Walser

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The Swiss writer Robert Walser 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 and four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest.

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Robert Walser

Robert Walser (15 April 1878 – 25 December 1956) was a German-speaking Swiss writer. Walser is understood to be the missing link between Kleist and Kafka. “Indeed”, writes Susan Sontag, “at the time [of Walser’s writing], it was more likely to be Kafka [who was understood by posterity] through the prism of Walser”. Apparently Robert Musil referred to Kafka’s work as “a peculiar case of the Walser type”. Walser was admired early on by Kafka and writers such as Hermann Hesse, Stefan Zweig, and Walter Benjamin, and was in fact better known during his lifetime than Kafka or Benjamin were known in theirs. Nevertheless, Walser was never able to support himself based on the meager income he made from his writings, and he worked as a copyist, an inventor’s assistant, a butler, and in various other low-paying trades. Despite marginal early success in his literary career, the popularity of his work gradually diminished over the second and third decades of the 20th century, making it increasingly difficult for him to support himself through writing. He eventually suffered a nervous breakdown and spent the remainder of his life in sanatoriums, taking frequent long walks. A revival of interest in his work arose when, in the late 20th century and early 2000s, his writings from the Pencil Zone, also known as Bleistiftgebiet or “the Microscripts”, which had been written in a coded, microscopically tiny hand on scraps of paper collected while in a Waldau sanatorium, were finally deciphered, translated, and published.

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Handling time7 Days
Book Cover TypePaperback
ISBN9786007439203
Suitable forAdults
Language(s)Persian (Farsi)
Pages208
Weight174 Gram
AuthorRobert Walser
Persian Titleکتاب یاکوب فون گونتن اثر روبرت والزر
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