Robert Walser ناصر غیاثی Susan Bernofsky
- Title: The Assistant
- Author: Robert Walser ناصر غیاثی Susan Bernofsky
- ISBN: 9780811215909
- Page: 435
- Format: Paperback
Robert 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 tRobert 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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Start with that figure at the door early one morning. He seems to have materialised out of thin air. And now here he is, expected to play the main role in a story, he doesn't seem to know himself how he came to be here. There is no indication of his provenance, here he is, here and now, at the door of a free-standing, seemingly spruce residence. Seemingly? Why seemingly? Whether a house is spruce and tidy is only ever apparent to the eye, surely. That eeriness, that sense of things somewhat out [...]
Στην ουσία εδώ έχουμε μια λογοτεχνική εκδοχή ενός πραγματικού περιστατικού. Στο επίμετρο της έκδοσης που διάβασα, αναφέρει πως το βιβλίο αυτό γράφτηκε μέσα σε έξι εβδομάδες, στα 1907, στο πλαίσιο ενός διαγωνισμού κάποιου εκδοτικού, ο οποίος το απέρριψε. Ένα χρόνο αργότερα το [...]
Robert Walser'in, Franz Kafka’nın sevdiğini ve etkilendiğini itiraf ettiği yazarlardan biri olduğuna bir yerlerde denk gelmiştim, bu nedenle okumak istemiştim ve gönül rahatlığıyla söyleyebilirim ki en azından 'Yardımcı' kitabını Kafka seven herkesin sevebilme ihtimali çok yüksek. 20. yüzyılın modernizm sancıları dönemini ele alıyor. İflasın eşiğindeki bir yatırımcının yanında çalışmaya başlayan Josep'in gözlemleri ve analizleri üzerinden dönemin buhr [...]
He pitied Tobler, he felt contempt for him, and at the same time he feared him. These were three unlovely sentiments, each as natural as the others, but unfair as well. What was prompting him to continue on as this man’s employee? The salary outstanding? Yes, among other things. But there was something quite different as well, something more important: he loved this man with all his heart. The pure hue of this one sentiment made the stains of the three others vanish. And it was because of this [...]
There is a master and there is his assistant – what their relations may be like?“When the master was in a jesting mood, one instantly became a poodle, as the task at hand required one to imitate this droll creature and nimbly catch all the jests and jokes in one's mouth. When he was kind, one felt like a miserable wretch. When he was rude, one felt obliged to smile.”Robert Walser writes in a deceivably simple manner so his story seems deceivably simple but his style is quite peculiar and u [...]
Das war doch ein wunderbar schönes Werk für mich, und ich empfehle es jedem, der ab und zu das Leben als zauberhaft empfindet, unberührt von all dem Hass, all der Angst, all den täglichen Kämpfen. Mit diesem Text, so würde ich behaupten, kann es einem passieren, dass man sich in Walsers Schreibe verliebt, wobei ich anzufügen habe, dass ich vorgängig nur "Der Spaziergang" von Walser gelesen habe und mit seinen anderen Werke bisher nicht in Berührung kam.So rufe ich dir zu bibliophiler Fr [...]
1908'de yayınlanmış olan Yardımcı - Gezinti (öyküler) ve ilk romanı Tanner Kardeşler'den sonra - Walser'den yine keyifle okuduğum üçüncü kitap oldu. Duru ve insanı içine çeken üslubuyla, gözlem gücüyle, doğaya olan sevgisiyle, karakterlerini ikna edici bir şekilde işlemesiyle, bireye odaklanan yönüyle gerçekten çok iyi bir yazar Walser. Sakin bir suda yüzer gibi okunan roman, düşüşte olan ama bunun pek kabullenmek istemeyen bir burjuva ailenin malikanesinde, evin [...]
Although I was at first somewhat put off by the overly lyrical/expressive style in which The Assistant was written, I eventually became used to it and even came to appreciate it as befitting the story's setting and characters—that is, Joseph's character. The basic plot centers on a no longer very young and somewhat wayward man named Joseph, who arrives one day to be an assistant to the inventor Tobler, at the latter's beautiful lakeside house. Tobler (and with him his family) is slowly heading [...]
Ο Μάρτι Γιόζεφ παρουσιάζεται στο σπίτι του μηχανικού Τόμπλερ για να δουλέψει ως βοηθός του μόλις απολύεται από το στρατό. Γρήγορα γίνεται αναπόσπαστο μέλος της αστικής οικογένειας που μένει σε ένα πανέμορφο σπίτι λίγο έξω από ένα χωριό και αγαπά τα όμορφα πράγματα, το ωραί [...]
I wasn't in the mood for this book. I've been so busy working on my movie theater and so angry with all of the tiny foibles and petty problems of construction and opening a business that all I want to read is anger and vitriol and misanthropy. Basically, all I want to read is noir and Thomas Bernhard.Yes, Walser can write beautifully, but the story alternates between nostalgia and quiet and cutting observations. All of the characters are opaque, which is something I love (I mean, I find it odd t [...]
"Incidentally, I still owe you money, don't I, and I'm almost glad of this. Exterior ties can preserve the life of inner bonds."This book made me smile almost throughout. The humor in it is so soft and enjoyable, it doesn't take you hostage. It's like a light breeze. The inner and outer dialogues of Joseph Marti, the main character, reflects the little noodle in the human cavity that vacillates constantly between being content/dutiful/grateful/polite and being indignant/rebellious/proud/angry. T [...]
"L'amore non s'impara. Lo si ha e lo si sente o non lo si ha e non lo si sente. Non averlo significa, credo, non averlo mai".
Another amazing work by both Walser and Bernofsky. Read my review here:msarki.tumblr/post/5171583
Robert Walser was an outcast in the truest sense; a man who barely existed on even the fringes of society; a lonely and isolated star, whose flame was destined to perish beneath the cruel snowfall of a funereal Christmas morning. Yet his works rise, phoenix like, from the ashes of his lachrymose existence, in some ways, with their fantastical environments and deadpan humour they act as a kind of precursor to Kafka, in other ways, with his random, rambling, rambunctious meanderings into irrelevan [...]
Preface: I'm going through old reviews of mine, fixing coding errors from when I imported them to this new account. This was the first Walser's I read, and I really, really need to re-read it soon; for those new to Walser, this is not the title to begin with: I would highly recommend Jakob von Gunten instead, followed by The Walk—those links will talk you to my reviews of those respective novels by this master.Some time in 2012I feel like Walser and I are off to a bit of a rocky start. What i [...]
Why doesn't everyone know about Robert Walser? It boggles the mind. This guy sits up there with the best of the best. A very literary book--yet funny, tragic, and surreal--it depicts the human mind with a unique internality that is existentialist in the most redeemable sense of the word. For summmary, see Powell's synopsis:"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 [...]
Not as mind-blowing as Jakob Van Gunten, the Assistant has its own pleasures. For one thing, it shows Walser in his most high-romantic mode, especially in his depictions of the countryside and the changing of the seasons. It may not be as formally innovative as his later work, but the reader is on firmer footing here, which makes the Assistant an easier and maybe more altogether satisfying read. Whereas in Jakob van Gunten Walser's irony has become so deep and strange that the reader can no long [...]
This is some Germanic shit. Angst. Purification. Hesse was hugely influenced by Walser, who remains sadly obscure in the Anglophone world, and one can easily compare the narration to Hesse's standard bildung voice. In fact, you can see whole traditions of Western literature cascading forth, ranging from the nouveaux-romans of postwar France to Kafka's cagey gallows humor. Read this, and then go for a walk through the orchard cogitating upon one's place in the universe.
If you have read everything else of Walser's that has been translated into English, this book will not add much to your understanding of the author. At its best, for a few paragraphs at a time, it sustains the light touch and playfulness of his short stories. But the rest of the time, it reworks the idea of an impotent servant framed by the decay of the institution that sustains him--something familiar to Jakob von Gunten fans. "The Assistant", however, lacks the engaging interactions between un [...]
Someday, someone will adequately explain to me what I'm missing with Walser. It seems like his fiction is incredibly lighthearted, almost shallow. I'm not sure what other people are reading when they read this, perhaps it's just too subtle for me.
So I have recently read two books from two different time periods which were strikingly similar in subject: Stendhal's The Red and the Black and Robert Walser's The Assistant. Both books revolve around the experiences of young vassals who take on positions in 'aristocratic' houses and focus on their respective integration into the paternal arms of their upper class employers. Neither are particularly interesting reads, and both often frustrating in the characters' passiveness, but that is not to [...]
THE ASSISTANT. (1908). Robert Walser. ****. Robert Walser (1878-1956) was a German writer, and this was his second novel. Walser’s works have been translated over the years by Susan Bernofsky and have been published, mostly, by New Directions. I first learned of Walser from a review in the NYTimes Book Review of a translation of some of his short stories, “Berlin Stories,” also translated by Ms. Bernofsky, though published by NYRB. This novel was a fascinating study of a boss/employee rela [...]
Nearly twice the length of Jakob von Gunten and containing maybe half of its intoxicating and breathless surrealism, Walser's The Assistant can be seen as a somewhat tamed and more moderate predecessor, but at the same time, its merit is found precisely because it carries out similar and interrelated themes as found in Jakob von Gunten, but with a more restrained style and with more ironic distance that I find to be particularly effective. Although Walser's style in general is not especially dif [...]
"Една сутрин в осем часа пред вратата на самотна,кокетна на вид къща застана млад човек. Валеше дъжд. "Почти невероятно е,че имам чадър"- помисли той."Така започва гостуването на младия Йозеф Марти в дома на семейство Тоблер, където той е назначен за помощник на инженер Тоблер [...]
This really grew on me. What odd sentences. What wonderfully bratty, vacillating, tantrum-throwing, proud, frail characters. The characters, and the sentences also, are crushed, contorted, blush-faced under a sense of propriety, under the compulsion to adhere to social procedure. This sentence seemed to describe it best:“What would become of enterprises, households and businesses, indeed, what would become of the world itself if suddenly its laws were no longer allowed to pinch and shove and w [...]
There are the classic Walserian descriptions of nature, awkward social interactions, and a main character whose drive and ambition fluctuate in relation to the amount of daydreaming that occurs on any given day. Still, as a character, Joseph Marti was not quite as developed as I was hoping for him to be. There is also less humor in the book than in either The Tanners or Jakob von Gunten. Still, it's Walser and I like everything he wrote, at least to some degree. This one just not as much as othe [...]
Le commis est un jeune homme qui arrive dans une maison, en tant qu'employé pour assister dans son travail un ingénieur qui invente des machines. Nous suivons donc son intégration dans cette entreprise, mais en fait également dans cette famille et ses quelques relations, dans cet univers bourgeois auquel il est étranger. Comme toujours chez Walser, les choses ne se déroulent pas « normalement », les personnages et leurs rapports sont complexes, et pourtant un certain équilibre se met en [...]
Beautiful reading of the ending by the translator, as well as some interesting appreciations and a little bit of background on the man and the text:kcrw/media-player/medi
Walser is considered an absolute pure genius in Germany, but at times he is a little too much a genius for his own good, i.e. in the Assistant. He gets boring. Read von Gunten or any of the other translations by Christopher Middleton. Walser is at his best in short non-fiction.
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