by Robert Walser
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Robert Walser's prose exudes fluorescence, if words on the page can be described as color. His protagonists have such brightly sharpened tastes and manners, and such blindingly astute observational skills that to read their ways of seeing is as enlightening, and at times as painful, as staring into the sun. Reading Walser fortifies me to notice, to study, and to transform into art those moments that I hope never come. But come they will, Simon Tanner notices repeatedly in Walser's first novel, The Tanners, published in Switzerland in 1907 but only recently translated into English. "Long live misfortune!" he toasts. "Misfortune is our lives' cantankerous but nonetheless honest friend."
On the surface, this book, built of twenty chapters marked by seasonal cycles, charts Simon Tanner's family dramas, particularly
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