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The Resource Girlfriends, ghosts, and other stories, Robert Walser ; translated from the German by Tom Whalen with Nicole Köngeter and Annette Wiesner ; afterword by Tom Whalen

Girlfriends, ghosts, and other stories, Robert Walser ; translated from the German by Tom Whalen with Nicole Köngeter and Annette Wiesner ; afterword by Tom Whalen

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Girlfriends, ghosts, and other stories
Title
Girlfriends, ghosts, and other stories
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Robert Walser ; translated from the German by Tom Whalen with Nicole Köngeter and Annette Wiesner ; afterword by Tom Whalen
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories brings together eighty-one brief texts spanning Robert Walser's career, from pieces conceived amid his early triumphs to later works written at a psychiatric clinic in Bern. Many were published in the feuilleton sections of newspapers during Walser's life; others were jotted down on slips of paper and all but forgotten. Together they string together small nutshells of consciousness, idiosyncratic and vulnerable, genuine in their irony, wistful in their humor. The portraits and landscapes here are observed with tenderness and from a place of great anxiety. Some dwell on childish or transient topics--carousels, the latest hairstyles, an ekphrasis of the illustrations in a picture book--others on the grand themes of nature, art, and love. But they remain conversational, almost lighter than air. Every emotion ventured takes on the weight of a sincerity that is imperiled as soon as it comes into contact with the outside world, which retains all of the novelty it had in childhood--and all of the danger. Walser's speakers are attuned to the silent music of being; students of the ineffable and neighbors to madness, they are now exhilarated, now paralyzed by frequencies inaudible to less sensitive ears"--
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1878-1956,
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Walser, Robert
Index
no index present
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fiction
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  • Whalen, Tom,
  • Köngeter, Nicole,
  • Wiesner, Annette,
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  • Walser, Robert
  • Life change events
  • Short stories, American
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Girlfriends, ghosts, and other stories, Robert Walser ; translated from the German by Tom Whalen with Nicole Köngeter and Annette Wiesner ; afterword by Tom Whalen
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Note
" ... afterword was adapted from Sovereign Insignificance: Review of Speaking to the Rose: Writings 1912 / 1932 by Robert Walser, published by Marginalia (Fall 2006), a shorter version of which appeared in Bookforum (Feb/Mar 2006) under the title Written on a Whim."--ECIP galley
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
945434261
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
181 pages
Isbn
9781681370163
Lccn
2016011944
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
(OCoLC)945434261
Label
Girlfriends, ghosts, and other stories, Robert Walser ; translated from the German by Tom Whalen with Nicole Köngeter and Annette Wiesner ; afterword by Tom Whalen
Publication
Note
" ... afterword was adapted from Sovereign Insignificance: Review of Speaking to the Rose: Writings 1912 / 1932 by Robert Walser, published by Marginalia (Fall 2006), a shorter version of which appeared in Bookforum (Feb/Mar 2006) under the title Written on a Whim."--ECIP galley
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
945434261
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
181 pages
Isbn
9781681370163
Lccn
2016011944
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
(OCoLC)945434261

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