Jakob Von Gunten

Jakob Von Gunten

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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, as well as four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest. The book is a young man's inquisitive and irreverent account of life in what turns out to be the most uncanny of schools. It is the work of an outsider artist, a writer of uncompromising originality and disconcerting humor, whose beautiful sentences have the simplicity and strangeness of a painting by Henri Rousseau.
Publisher: New York, NY : New York Review of Books, 1999
ISBN: 9780940322219
Branch Call Number: FIC WALSER 1999
Characteristics: xxii, 176 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Middleton, Christopher 1926-2015


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Jul 15, 2013

Even if the book is more than 100 years old, it reads like a modern novel. It does't "feel" old. Although it's a bit like walking in a dream, sometime we're lost in cloudy descriptions. It's a tad like the writings of Franz Kafka. Very alienating.


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