The Walk

The Walk

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A pseudo-biographical stroll through town and countryside rife with philosophical musings, The Walk has been hailed as the masterpiece of Walser s short prose. Walking features heavily in his writing, but nowhere else is it as elegantly considered. Without walking, I would be dead, Walser explains, and my profession, which I love passionately, would be destroyed. Because it is on walks that the lore of nature and the lore of the country are revealed, charming and graceful, to the sense and eyes of the observant walker. The Walk was the first piece of Walser s work to appear in English, and the only one translated before his death. However, Walser heavily revised his most famous novella, altering nearly every sentence, rendering the baroque tone of his tale into something more spare. An introduction by translator Susan Bernofsky explains the history of The Walk, and the differences between its two versions."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 117 x 178 x 10mm | 89g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811219925
  • 9780811219921
  • 129,665

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The Walk is a good place to start reading Walser, and offers a kind of bridge between the novels and the microscripts.... The walk is a search for freedom, is an act of freedom itself, and the writing feels free to launch into invective, or drape itself in courtesy, as it pleases. It is an attempt to approximate writing to life, to subject it to circumstance and chance encounter, but for all its overt artificiality the story is deeply affecting.
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2,066 ratings
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4 37% (766)
3 26% (535)
2 8% (159)
1 2% (45)
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