Words Without Borders hosts an online book club which this month is discussing Robert Walser’s The Assistant.

Sam Golden Rule Jones acts as moderator for the discussion and we’re joined by a host of Walser lovers who will take turns discussing the author and his work. Susan Bernofsky’s afterword to the book is already up, as is Sam’s introduction. Head over to the page and take a look, and be sure to check back often as we roll out work from Tom Whalen, Damion Searls, Tamara Evans, Mark Harman, Millay Hyatt, Jonathon Taylor, Bernhard Echte, Peter Utz, James Tweedie and others. We hope that after reading the commentary from our group of artists, writers, scholars, and Walser translators and aficionados, you’ll feel moved to add your own thoughts over at our Walser Discussion Forum.

Readers Comments

  1. Sam has been a golden contributor to discussions of Walser on my own blog, when I read The Assistant earlier this year. Extraordinary enthusiasm for this little-known author - the book has become the most discussed on my blog, jointly with Anne Enright's much-publicised The Gathering. On the strength of this enthusiasm I've picked up his Selected Stories in the NYRB Classics edition and have ventured into one or two. Very striking and unusual fare. I can see the Kafka connection.

  2. Thanks for another pointer to a neglected writer of note - I have ordered The Assistant from the Book Depository
    A Common Reader

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