Search Results: "Robert Walser"


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LOOKING AT PICTURES by Robert Walser
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Allusive and elusive, these essays by the acclaimed Swiss author often concern themselves with anything other than the art they purportedly analyze."
A brief collection of writings about art that are actually about the difficulty—even the impossibility—of writing about art. Read full book review >

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THE ROBBER by Robert Walser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"At the very least, it'll make your day."
A first English translation of a discursive, playful 1925 novel by the Swiss German master who spent the last third of his life (1878-1956) in a mental institution. Read full book review >

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THE ASSISTANT by Robert Walser
Released: July 27, 2007

"One understands why Kafka acknowledged Walser's influence. He's one of the most underrated, and accomplished, of all the great European modernist writers."
The mixed pleasures of introspection and tensions between solitude and society are wryly considered in the great, eccentric Swiss author's previously untranslated 1908 novel. Read full book review >

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GIRLFRIENDS, GHOSTS, AND OTHER STORIES  by Robert Walser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Whatever their ostensible subjects, most of these pieces are about looking closely and paying attention."
The title suggests a miscellany, which this collection of 88 short pieces certainly delivers. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS MOUNTAIN by David Walser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"For the more sophisticated folk- and fairy-tale reader. (reteller's foreword, illustrator's note, glossary) (Folk tales. 8-11)"
A satisfying retelling of eight Polish tales, paired with bold multicolor paper cuttings that employ traditional and modern motifs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A dreadful augury, critically and masterfully told."
A braided and illuminating study of local-level anti-Semitism and its insinuation into the life of a small town in early 20th-century Germany. Read full book review >

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THE FAIRY TALES by Jan Pienkowski
Kirkus Star
adapted by Jan Pienkowski, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski, translated by David Walser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2006

"A wonderful gift in all meanings of the word. (foreword, author and translator notes) (Fairytales. 7-12)"
These four tales from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella) were first published as separate small volumes in the 1970s and again in 1992. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

BRAVE CHICKEN LITTLE by Robert Byrd
retold by Robert Byrd, illustrated by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A handsome, most welcome addition to the now–sadly neglected, too-little–published literature of folk and fairy tales. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Byrd retells the familiar tale of folly and trickery, adding some outsize bravery and a happy ending. Read full book review >

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PIRATE’S EYE by Robert Priest
ADVENTURE
Released: May 2, 2005

"Readers too will be left reflective by this understated episode. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As in his Old Pirate of Central Park (1999), Priest pairs elegantly composed, deceptively simple cartoon illustrations to an unusually rich and satisfying story. Read full book review >

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AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH by Robert Shetterly
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

In tribute to this country's proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls "the promise of America," presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. Read full book review >