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    DescriptionRobert Walser is an overwhelmingly original author with many ardent fans: J.M. Coetzee ("dazzling"), Guy Davenport ("a very special kind of whimsical-serious-deep writer"), and Hermann Hesse ("If he had a hundred thousand readers, the world would be a better place"). Charged with compassion, and an utterly unique radiance of vision, Walser is as Susan Sontag exclaimed "a truly wonderful, heart-breaking writer." The Assistant is his breathtaking 1908 novel, translated by award-winning translator Susan Bernofsky. Joseph, hired to become an inventor's new assistant, arrives one rainy Monday morning at Technical Engineer Karl Tobler's splendid hilltop villa: he is at once pleased and terribly worried, a state soon followed by even stickier psychological complexities. He enjoys the beautiful view over Lake Zurich, in the company of the proud wife, Frau Tobler, and the delicious savory meals. But does he deserve any of these pleasures? The Assistant chronicles Joseph's inner life of cascading emotions as he attempts, both frantically and light-heartedly, to help the Tobler household, even as it slides toward financial ruin. Tobler demands of Joseph, "Do you have your wits about you?!" And Joseph's wits are in fact all around him, trembling like leaves in the breeze he is full of exuberance and despair, all the raptures and panics of a person "drowning in obedience."


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    Title
    The Assistant
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Walser
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 175 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780811215909
    ISBN 10: 0811215903
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T2.0
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 19
    BIC subject category V2: D
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 33
    B&T Approval Code: A23305030
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC037000
    LC classification: PT2647.A64 G3613 2007
    Thema V1.0: D
    Publisher
    New Directions Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    New Directions Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    03 July 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Essential, exquisitely poised absurdity. --Christian Carly"