Early 20th century Swiss novelist
Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956) worked as a bank clerk, a butler in a castle, and an inventor's assistant, and produced nine novels and more than a thousand stories. He stopped writing in 1933 when he was hospitalized for mental illness, declaring, "I am not here to write, but to be mad."
“The incredible shrinking writer is a major twentieth-century prose artist who, for all that the modern world seems to have passed him by, fulfills the modern criterion: he sounds like nobody else.”
“A clairvoyant of the small.”
— W.G. Sebald on Robert Walser's
“Walser vaulted new heights of expression with miniscule means.”
— The Boston Globe on Robert Walser's