Microscripts (Paperback)

By Robert Walser, Susan Bernofsky (Translator), Maira Kalman (Illustrator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811220330, 160pp.

Publication Date: November 21, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/1/2010)

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Robert Walser wrote many of his manuscripts in a highly enigmatic, shrunken-down form. These narrow strips of paper, covered with tiny ant-like pencil markings a millimeter high, came to light only after the author's death in 1956.At first considered random restless pencil markings or a secret code, the microscripts were in time discovered to be a radically miniaturized form of antique German script: a whole story was deciphered on the back of a business card. These twenty-five short pieces address schnapps, rotten husbands, small town life, elegant jaunts, the radio, swine, jealousy, and marriage proposals.