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Jakob von Gunten I would wish it on no one to be me.Only I am capable of bearing myself.To know so much, to have seen so much, andTo say nothing, just about nothing.Written by Robert Walser, as quoted by J.M Coetzee in The Genius of Robert Walser Those dates there at the top of this review tell me that I took an inexplicable two and a half weeks to read this novella of a mere 164 pages At the back of my edition I find a schematic overview of Walser s biography You know the style a date, and where he was in that year 1892 95 apprenticeship in the Biel branch of the Berner Kantonalbank 22nd October 1894 death of his mother Dreams of a career as an actor.1895 April August in Basel Living with relatives Employed as secretary with a haulier and a bank.From September in Stuttgart Living with his brother in a single man s hostel Working for the publishing company Cotta End of his hopes of a Thespian career.1896 until the end of September in Stuttgart Returned to Switzerland on footI have to check to see as the crow flies, taking his destination as Z rich, that is just over 100 miles, on roads and pathways closer to 140 Probably around a week How could it possibly take me longer to read 164 pages than for him to walk 140 miles Walking the firm ground, eaten up by the rhythm of pacing feet The smell of wet grass, the sound of cows tearing green stalks, rain on your face, the wind in your ears Jakob von Gunten How does one begin to write even an on the fly review of such a novel, one that should be experienced as a series of deceptively simple vignettes in the young life of the titular character and be relished as Walser carries one along with Jakob s singular voice Jakob von Gunten is also a difficult novel from which to quote given how the reader manages to catch small glimpses of how the narrative voice will develop and evolve, something that this reviewer would not wish to ruin for any future reader of this very precious book.Walser really is a master at the microcosmic the Benjamenta Institute where Jakob installs himself to learn or not learn the ways of the world truly is the world Just as The Walk and The Assistant offer microcosmic and often claustrophobic scenes that suggest their application to society and culture at large, so, too, does Jakob von Gunten In all of these works which, to date, are the only works by Walser I ve had the chance to read Walser gives us searing and incisive psychological portraits of his prota 1878 1929 1933 1932 1956 1909 1908. Quite an oddity it took me a while to decide whether I liked it or not it s quite abstract and the protagonist isn t someone that I would immediately warm to The novel is written in the first person Jakob is from a good family, with money and possibly titled who decides to go to the big city Berlin and join a school for servants much as Walser did called the Benjamenta Institute The only teaching members we meet are the Principal and his sister.The book is in diary form and consists of Jakob s reflections and his philosophy and also something of the philosophy of being a servant and being invisible with appropriate humility Jakob is highly self critical sometimes irritatingly so and there were times I was reminded of Uriah Heep Walser s influences are not easy to pin down His intensely self critical nature has been compared to Rousseau in the Confessions and to a Dostoyevskian character One of his translators has argued that Jakob has some similarities to characters in German folk tales Brothers Grimm the hero who braves the castle and wins the day against the odds But victory is bittersweet because at the end Jakob is still back in the real world Kafka was a fan and it is easy to see wh Jakob von Gunten Robert Walser Un libro cada d a Siento que la vida exige emociones, no reflexiones. S , sin duda existe en el mundo eso que llaman progreso, pero no es sino una de las numerosas mentiras divulgadas por los hombres de negocios para poderle exprimir dinero a la masa con mayor cinismo y desparpajo La masa es el esclavo de nuestro tiempo, y el individuo, el esclavo de la grandiosa idea de masa Ya no hay nada bello ni excelente Lo bello, lo bueno y lo justo has de so rtelo t mismo Dime, sabes so arNovela at pica de formaci n , provocadora y nihilista, c ustica e inquietante, desesperada y turbia Jakob von Gunten asume la tutela de un c digo m nimo y herm tico, monol tico, como medio de supervivencia y rebeld a individual Sin reglamentos que cumplir o transgredir, la vida se deshace en un aburrimiento doloroso y mortal, en una soledad vac a y excluyente Obra plenamente kafkiana, opresiva y burlesca, en la que el autor se sirve de su humor corrosivo para combatir la sinraz n de una sociedad impuesta y escrupulosa Jakob von Gunten uno di quei libri la cui capacit di suggerire interpretazioni infinita il romanzo preferito di Kafka, che lo leggeva ridendo di gusto ai suoi amici, e uno dei pi misteriosi libri che abbia mai letto la storia quella di un giovane discendente di una famiglia aristocratica che arriva in un istituto dove si insegna l umilt e la sottomissione solo chi riuscir a sottomettersi nel maggior grado di purezza, a essere uno zero rotondo come una palla riuscir ad adempiere perfettamente i dettami dell istituto Benjamenta ad essere soppresso per l insegnamento stesso, gli insegnanti dormono o sono morti, la mistificazione in agguato, il sentore quello di una truffa ben architettata Si entra nell istituto Benjamenta con un certo sospetto, e si rimane perch qualcosa di ineffabile ha catturato chi vi entrato, in un sonno che dura la vita intera non quello che si dice un romanzo di formazione, ma di iniziazione non nemmeno un romanzo, ma un diario dove si racconta la battaglia tra la coscienza di Jakob Von Gunten e i soprusi della realt , quel les Bayanlar baylar, e er m saade ederseniz, sizleri Jakob Von Gunten ile tan t rmak istiyorum Bir ocuk, bir renci Jakob Onun hakk nda ok ey s ylenebilir ama k sa kesece im nsana ait ok eyi kendinde bar nd rm Onun iyili ini, k t l n , tembelli ini, mar kl n , k stahl n , kibrini uzun uzun anlatabilirim ama buna gerek yok Bunun yerine onu ele veren kendi c mlelerinden bir ka n ve onunla nas l tan oldu umuzdan bahsedece im.Ondan ilk defa bahsedildi ini bana ayr ks bir okuma listesi sunan Enrique Vila Matas n Bartleby ve rekas adl eserinden duymu tum rekan n bir numaral ismi olan Jakob, Vila Matas In da esin kaynaklar n n ba nda yer alm te Jakob un c mleleri Her eye ra men biz k k insanlar bir eyiz Bir ey yapmak zorunda olmamak bazen yle ekici geliyor ki insana, kendinizi buna teslim etmekten ba ka bir ey gelmez elinizden Kendimize olan i Yeni edisyonuyla ok yak nda Jaguar da As I was reading through Jakob von Gunten I wondered what genre it belonged to Was it some kind of memoir Was it a coming of age story Was it a love story Was it perhaps something totally new, a genre I d never met before Or was it rather something utterly ancient, as ancient as the stories of the Old Testament Ancient, yes, that was the predominant feeling I was left with at the end, though the writing has nothing biblical about it whatsoever being extremely lighthearted and jolly in tone which is one of the many paradoxes of this short novel In fact Jacob, the narrator, speaks constantly in paradoxes he tells of a school where no learning takes place, and of a feared principal who is really rather meek Jacob sees beauty in the oddest of places, even in the idiosyncrasies of headboy Kraus I do like people who get angry Kraus gets angry on the slightest pretext That is so beautiful, so noble The sinner must always be faced with the person outraged, or else something would be missing The mumbling of a grumbler is lovelier to me than the murmuring of a woodland stream. Jacob expounds on the virtues of compliance to rules in one breath whil Imagine the school scenes from Gormenghast rewritten by Kafka and you ll have a good idea of the atmosphere of Jakob von Gunten, a short and stodgy philosophical fable of a very Germanic kind It s easy to see why Kafka and Hesse were such fans I wasn t quite so convinced, although I can understand why so many people love it.The novel consists of a journal written by the title character, who has enrolled in a school for servants based on Walser s own experience at a valet school in Berlin The Benjamenta Institute is a closed world, with its own bizarre rules, a remote Principal, a mysterious Instructress it s all dusty classrooms and intimations of impending disaster In this constrained setting, Jakob conducts his own explorations of the interior world probing his mind, examining his relationships with other people, and recording everything in a breathless, childlike narrative.The microcosmic environment and the introspective narrator combine to produce a sort of parable about the importance of fully immersing yourself in everyday existence.I pay attention, and that makes life beautiful, for if we don t have to pay atten


About the Author: Robert Walser

Robert Walser, a German Swiss prose writer and novelist, enjoyed high repute among a select group of authors and critics in Berlin early in his career, only to become nearly forgotten by the time he committed himself to the Waldau mental clinic in Bern in January 1929 Since his death in 1956, however, Walser has been recognized as German Switzerland s leading author of the first half of the twent


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