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Jacob von Gunten: A Diary
by Robert Walser

A high-wire literary performance treading the border between writing and speaking, dreaming and waking, by the visionary Swiss novelist Robert Walser (1878-1956). His Jakob von Gunten: Ein Tagebuch first appeared in 1909—that is, about the same time as Sigmund Freud’s discovery of dream analysis and a soon-to-be-world-famous talking cure. The protagonist of Walser’ novel, scion of a bourgeois family, chooses to abandon his prospects, along with his parents and his provincial home town, by enrolling himself in a “school for servants” in the heart of Berlin. Claiming to despise the life of the mind even as he faithfully records his own quicksilver musings, Jakob will end by enacting a truly bizarre Oedipal drama with the help of the school head, one Herr Benjamenta, and the Fräulein, his mysterious and alluring sister. Fairy-tale, absurdist word-play, romantic melodrama, disquieting social and psychological reportage—all these interact in young Jakob’s diary, presented here in a fresh and bracing translation by Carl Skoggard.

pages:
306
dimensions:
4.75″ × 6.38″ × 1″
HASHTAG:
#9781624621888
imprint:
Pilot Editions
Originating studio:
Hudson

FORMAT:

$20

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