Berlin Stories (New York Review Books Classics) by Robert Walser

By Robert Walser

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In 1905 the younger Swiss author Robert Walser arrived in Berlin to affix his older brother Karl, already an immense stage-set fashion designer, and instantly threw himself into the colourful social and cultural lifetime of the city. Berlin Stories collects his alternately celebratory, droll, and satirical observations on each point of the bustling German capital, from its theaters, cabarets, painters’ galleries, and literary salons, to the metropolitan road, markets, the Tiergarten, rapid-service eating places, and the electrical tram. initially showing in literary magazines in addition to the feuilleton sections of newspapers, the early tales are characterised via a joyous urgency and the generosity of an unconventional consultant. Later items take the shape of extra own reflections at the writing technique, thoughts, and personality stories. All are jam-packed with counter-intuitive photos and vignettes of startling readability, showcasing a special expertise for whom no element used to be trivial, at grips with a urban diving headlong into modernity.

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