Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Jakob von Gunten has ratings and reviews. Gaurav said: Jakob von GuntenRobert WalserJakob von Gunten dissects the remote and vulnerable regi.. . Among Walser’s works available in English are Berlin Stories and Jakob von Gunten (both available as NYRB classics), Thirty Poems, The Walk, The Tanners, .

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I can’t help but think that this is the only way I imagine Jakob von Jakobb leaving behind the world he never felt he belonged to — a black exclamation mark on a white page. La masa es el esclavo de nuestro tiempo, y el individuo, emglish esclavo de la grandiosa idea de masa. Let it all dream, let it all sleep. His work exhibits several sets of tensions or contrasts: Aug 03, Josef Del Processo rated it really liked it Shelves: You have to read it.

Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser

With Jakob, both sides to every coin are revealed to the point where it can almost become unnerving. Yes, literature often instills unrealistic expectations of life and love into a virgin mind.

Even if people do believe such a thing, they don’t go about thinking in that manner all the time. Walser does read like a civilized Celine, and just as Celine loathed the overall project of Capitalist advance in his two major novels, so does Walser give a hint of similar bemoaning.

Christopher Middleton Translator, Introduction. Expensive toys for adults abound such as speed boats, jet skis, pontoons, three and four-wheelers, motorbikes, and the lot acquired to impress those of the community who might care. And if you don’t get yourself through the entire book you never get to the part when Jakob says, ” An allegory, I suppose.


He has his airs about him that are disgusting to me and he appears to me to be significantly unhappy. This entire novel, then, is a study of contrast, and undercurrent. I’m beginning to hate the sight of you. He is probably pulling the reader’s leg too, with sleight of hand sentences like this: Come ben dice Roberto Calasso nella postfazione: Walser is no windbag though.

Jakob von Gunten

It seems like a world without the regular conversation, in its place the mind voices converse. There are echoes of uproar and decay along t One day I shall be laid low by a stroke, and then everything, all these confusions, this longing, this unknowing, all this, the gratitude and ingratitude, this telling lies and self-deception, this thinking that one knows and yet never knowing anything, will come to an end.

I loved the quiet humor of this book, and the slightly uncomfortable feeling I get from it. Yet, again I am faced with that nagging doubt. His father has a car and horse at his disposal and his mother has her own box at the theatre. But what of the early Modernists.

Now I did like what Walser, through Jakob, said about goodbyes and engpish he hated them.

Tra queste pagine aleggia lo spirito di leggerezza. For those of you who may not be privy to this person, Holden was the famous character in J. Jakob von Gunten, by Robert Walser. Written during a period which transformed German fiction, when refined, compact elementary forms of prose were taking shape, when pros Jakob von Gunten Robert Walser Jakob von Gunten dissects the remote and vulnerable regions of human brain, the dramatic engglish between the fluctuating demons of inner self and the savage realities of outer world carves out an enigmatic reality which pierces your heart and thrusts yourself through the crests and troughs of an assorted compendium of human emotions.


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 dnglish widely recognized as the finest. The entire book is a parade of seeming contradictions. Jakov ask other readers questions about Jakob von Guntenplease sign up. It was the gradual inclusion of the adults in the panorama which saved the work for me.

Certainly one must think, one must even think a great deal.

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We tortured each other for about seventy pages and I gave up before it did. Fairytales for example — what an absurd world of fakeness, full of I know I have produced some cringe-worthy reviews lately, but I have been in a cringe-worthy state of mind with some unruly fingers to top it off, so there goes another one.

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