Walks with Walser

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About the Author

Carl Seelig (1894-1962) was a Swiss editor and writer and Robert Walser's friend, guardian, and literary executor. He was a selfless supporter of countless other writers, and was also Albert Einstein's first biographer.
Anne Posten is a literary translator based in Berlin.


To use a word much favoured by Walser himself, it's delightful.--Dorian Stuber
[Carl Seelig's] personal, firsthand account is the closest we will ever have to a Walser memoir. The questions he poses to Walser, regarding his personal and professional history and his literary and political opinions, seem like those of an oral historian, and Walser, trusting his companion, answers with presence of mind, inflecting the conversation with his characteristic humor and unusual observations.--Sarah Cowan
Now, with its translation by Anne Posten, English-language readers can witness, as if in real time, the blossoming of his friendship with the great Swiss author, a bond that would lead to a lifelong effort to keep Walser's name before the public.--Michael LaPointe"Sociable as a cloud" (03/13/2018)
[A]n invaluable text for any serious reader of Walser...
Seelig kindly visited Walser and started keeping a record of his opinions, creating over the course of time an indispensable document for all those who love Walser's surprising prose, which, silent as snowfall, cries out from the nothingness. Walser--as can be observed in Seelig's book--lectured on beer and twilight.--Enrique Vila-Matas
That Walser is not today among the forgotten writers we owe primarily to the fact that Carl Seelig took up his cause. Without Seelig's accounts of the walks he took with Walser, without his preliminary work on the biography, without the selections from the work he published and the lengths he went to in securing the Nachlass--the writer's millions of illegible ciphers--Walser's rehabilitation could never have taken place, and his memory would in all probability have faded into oblivion.--W. G. Sebald
After a nervous breakdown in 1929, Walser spent the remaining 27 years of his life in mental asylums, going from outer exile to inner exile. Walking replaced writing for Walser, and from 1936 onward his friend Carl Seelig recorded their conversations while they walked in Switzerland. It's an extraordinary book that prompted me to found my first museum in 1992: a migratory Robert Walser museum on the theme of the periphery.--Hans-Ulrich Obrist "Hans-Ulrich Obrist's 10 Favorite Books "
A fascinating document that is both insightful and humane.
"A fascinating document that is both insightful and humane."
Walks with Walser is filled with Walser's philosophy about leading a modest life, finding beauty in mundane things, and getting by with less.--Moyra Davey