Publish date: June 5th 2012
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
... the inward self is the only self which really exists.Walser’s The Walk is anything but a light, jolly stroll: it’s a trek uphill through spiraling landscapes, before the reader realizes that Walser has begun an abrupt, downward descent. The closing pages of The Walk are utterly heart-rending.
This is a superb book and very much fun to read. I was surprised at how similar the new Bernofsky translation was to the original Middleton. Upon receiving the book in the mail I discovered that she left much of what Middleton did intact. And there is nothing wrong with that at all. She explains the...
The Walk is my first exposure to Walser, and it makes me eager ready to read more. Why ‘ready’ rather than ‘eager’? There’s an intentional tediousness at work in the novella—a tendency to over-qualify, to ‘beat to death,’ if you prefer. As the narrator begins his perambulation (paragraph one), he e...
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