The Assistant

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Product Details

Price
$18.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
Pages
301
Dimensions
5.18 X 0.76 X 6.92 inches | 0.67 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811215909
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About the Author

Born 1878 in Switzerland, Robert Walser was at various times in his life a bank teller, office clerk, scribe, house servant, machinist's assistant, and archivist. Although he wrote four novels and some poetry, his production consisted mainly of hundreds of small prose pieces. Being small was a key concern. His writing got smaller and smaller until, before he ceased writing altogether, he wrote a tiny script with letters about one millimeter high. By this time he had committed himself to a sanitarium where he remained for 27 years, mostly not writing. Always an avid taker of walks, Walser died in a snowdrift while out for a walk in 1956.
Susan Bernofsky is the acclaimed translator of Hermann Hesse, Robert Walser, and Jenny Erpenbeck, and the recipient of many awards, including the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize and the Hermann Hesse Translation Prize. She teaches literary translation at Columbia University and lives in New York.

Reviews

Essential, exquisitely poised absurdity.--Christian Carly