Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Jakob von Gunten has ratings and reviews. Gaurav said: Jakob von GuntenRobert WalserJakob von Gunten dissects the remote and vulnerable regi.. . Among Walser’s works available in English are Berlin Stories and Jakob von Gunten (both available as NYRB classics), Thirty Poems, The Walk, The Tanners, .

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In fact, the school is a bit of a swindle. At the back of my edition I jakog a schematic overview of Walser’s biograph I would wish it on no one to be me. And then, after a few pages, there came a passage that felt like a slap in the face: The headmaster confesses to Jakob that he has a fondness for him which he can no longer control.

But then Jakob becomes afraid; the headmaster wants to choke him. Or is he saying that nobility of the soul is a sham? One may get caught up with a strange feeling of irresoluteness about the book, it may take time to sink in. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. There are echoes of uproar and decay along the margins of Jakob’s observations. At that he fell silent and read newspapers.

How mean is that?

Jakob von Gunten

I thought I saw a bit of Chauncey Gardiner in him, only more intentionally fractious. It would not be appropriate to keep Walser in the breath of literature in which we put Guntem, Sartre, Nietzsche and others since Walser has not been an ‘intellectual’ author- once it was said for him that he is ‘comic Kafka’.


Walser created the world of dreams here, he gave himself the things he lacked in the real world. Come ben dice Roberto Calasso nella postfazione: Other reviewers speak of the wondrous language and how the title character Jakob reminds them of Holden Caulfield, among others. May 06, Eugene rated it it was amazing.

What a lot of talk! I spent the last year as a volunteer-teacher at shelter home. I’m sorry, everybody who told makob to read this.

End of his hopes of a Thespian career. Fairytales for example — what an absurd world of fakeness, full of I know I have produced some cringe-worthy reviews lately, but I have been in a cringe-worthy state of mind with some unruly fingers to top it off, so there goes another one. Forcing the director of the institute to take on some kind of authority. And then asks gungen to show him the diseased part.

The pupils are trained as servants with the aim of securing a job. Jakob, with his bourgeois intellect, enters the Benjamenta Institute and soon contrives to become a mystery to himself. Apr 17, Nate D rated it liked it Shelves: When he arrives in Benjamenta, he gets fascinated with the idea that there is a mystery at the heart of the institute, the mystery which, when one traverses through the deep cervices vom it, may introduce oneself to the elementary realities of life.

Sure enough there were a couple of hits. What do we gain by knowing that the notion of the clerk in Kafka was perhaps taken from Walser?

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Open Preview See a Problem? To this end, he enrols at the Benjamenta Institute, a school for servants. As Susan Bernofsky herself once told me, he does a perfectly able job. The book is a young man’s inquisitive and irreverent account of life in what turns out to be the most uncanny of schools. There are echoes of uproar and decay along t One day I shall be laid low by a stroke, and then everything, all these confusions, this longing, this unknowing, all this, the gratitude and ingratitude, this telling lies and self-deception, this thinking that one knows and yet never knowing anything, will come to an end.

But by page 70 of this englizh book I have broken camp and am heading home. Dreams of a career as an actor. The only teaching members we meet are the Principal and his sister. Jakob agrees to jaklb up and go travelling with Herr Benjamenta. Was it perhaps something totally new, a genre I’d never met before? Both books have an interesting twist on who’s got the power and who submits. Aug 03, Josef Del Processo rated it really liked it Shelves: