Berlin Stories

Berlin Stories

Book - 2012
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In 1905 the young Swiss writer Robert Walser arrived in Berlin to join his older brother Karl, already an important stage set designer, and immediately threw himself into the vibrant social and cultural life of the city. Berlin Stories collects his alternately celebratory, droll, and satirical observations on every aspect of the bustling German capital, from its theaters, cabarets, painters' galleries, and literary salons, to the metropolitan street, markets, the Tiergarten, rapid-service restaurants, and the electric tram. Originally appearing in literary magazines as well as the feuilleton sections of newspapers including the Berliner Tageblatt, the Vossische Zeitung, and the Frankfurter Zeitung, the early stories are characterized by a joyous urgency and the generosity of an unconventional guide. Later pieces take the form of more personal reflections on the writing process, memories, and character studies. All are full of counter-intuitive images and vignettes of startling clarity, showcasing a unique talent for whom no detail was trivial, at grips with a city diving headlong into modernity.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781590174548
Branch Call Number: WALSER R
Characteristics: xiv, 139 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Greven, Jochen


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JCLMattC Aug 27, 2018

Not quite stories, really, but these brief, observational musings are indeed mostly about Berlin. Together they read like a love letter to a city in a time gone by. What a fun visit.

May 19, 2013

These are not even short stories. Each entry is about 2 or 3 pages long, and reads like some kind of diary with an idea develop as a poetic thing: a tram, a street, a garden, a zoo. The only interesting entries are the ones dealing with persons: Kutsch, Frau Bahni, Frau Wilke, Frau Scheer. These are in the same vein and should have been develop as such. In conclusion, these are writings by an author and I respect that; but, I'm not sure I would read something else be Walser. Maybe a novel, bur certainly not more of this book babbles.


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