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After gJakob von GuntenRobert Walser Jakob von Gunten dissects the remote and vulnerable regions of human brain the dramatic tensions between the fluctuating demons of inner self and the savage realities of outer world carves out an enigmatic reality which pierces your heart and thrusts yourself through the crests and trou Imagine the school scenes from Gormenghast rewritten by Kafka and you ll have aood 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 uite so convinced although I can understand why so many people love itThe 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 narrativeThe microcosmic environment and the introspective narrator combine to produce a sort of parable about the importance of fully immersing yourself in everyday existenceI pay attention and that makes life beautiful for if we don t have to pay attention there really is no lifeHowever this theme doesn t come without a certain nativist anti intellectual strain that I found a little disingenuous however appealing Jakob hates the kind of person who pretends he understands everything and beamingly parades knowledge and wit what he likes is simplicity people who simply do without analysing This is an awkward message for a writer to pull off because a writer is precisely someone who reflects on and analyses their experiences And indeed for Jakob writers are just windbags who only want to study make pictures and observations To live is what matters then the observation happens of its own accord Of course Jakob himself has to embody exactly what he says he hates otherwise he wouldn t be able to narrate a book So he s intelligent and thoughtful but he s not happy about itI despise my capacity for thinking I value only experiences and these as a rule are uite independent of all thinking and comparing Thus I value the way in which I open a door There is hidden life in opening a door than in asking a uestionA really beautiful phrase but the idea behind it though attractive with a little reflection seems obviously wrong I say obviously because if it were true there would be no need to write books like this in the first place If this book has any value at all then that value can only be conveyed through means that the book itself disparagesIt has to be said as well that Christopher Middleton s translation in the NYRB edition seems rather heavy handed and well infelicitous at times We have sentences such as Schacht likes to offend against the rules and I to be candid unfortunately no less which can only The Key of David go through your head in a thick German accent Oops I mean Swiss On the other hand Middleton s introduction reads a bit awkwardly too so maybe that s just the way he speaksWalser once said God is the opposite of Rodin I don t know what he meant but I like it and I didn t want to end this review without mentioning it somewhere This book is similarly cryptic provocative and anti artistic I wouldn t recommend it exactly but if I saw you reading it in Starbucks I d nod sagely and offer to buy you another pumpkin latte uite an oddity it took me a while to decide whether I liked it or not it s uite abstract and the protagonist isn t someone that I would immediately warm to The novel is written in the first person Jakob is from aood family with money and possibly titled who decides to o 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 sisterThe book is in diary *Form And Consists Of Jakob S Reflections *and consists of Jakob s reflections 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 were times I was reminded of Uriah Heep Walser s influences are 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 why and to see shades of The Castle in world Kafka was a fan and it is easy to see why and to see shades of The Castle in Jakob s odd combination of humility and arrogance and his philosophy sometimes feel unsettling and contradictory there are clear Nietzschean references and yet Walser is also analysing the middle classbourgeois psyche which will have such an influence on German history in the early twentieth century The elevation of the banal and the ultimate discovery by Jakob that at the heart it is all hollow and meaningless the mysterious inner chambers are not all they seem neither are the Benjamenta sThe foreshadowing of Nazism in characters like Kraus is startling as is the amused tolerance of those in authority there is a level of madness about it but it is so simple at times amusing but also sad iven Walser s later descent into madness Pretty much nothing happens on the surface but Jakob has a hard time living with himself A later poem by Walser sums it up I would wish it on no one to be meOnly I am capable of bearing myselfTo know so much to have seen so much andTo say nothing just about nothing I would wish it on no one to be meOnly I am capable of bearing myselfTo know so much to have seen so much andTo say nothing just about nothingWritten by Robert Walser as uoted by JM 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 biogr. «Auí se aprende muy poco falta personal docente y nosotros los muchachos del Instituto Benjamenta jamás llegaremos a nada es decir ue el día de mañana seremos todos ente muy modesta y subordinada La enseñanza ue nos imparten consiste básicamente en inculcarnos paciencia y obediencia dos cualidades ue prometen escaso o ningún éxito Éxitos. Jakob von Gunten Ein TagebuchAnd another character Thus are the scenes in this novel enacted in a seuence of Siamese links between Jakob and AN Other Jakob and Kraus Jakob and hisbrother Jakob and Herr Benjamenta Jakob and fraulein Benjamenta a rotational pairing of opposites diametrically opposed Throughout this Jakob is by no means a constant a uintessential everyman he subtly adapts to each pairings idiosyncrasies to fulfil the role of subservient or lord it Thus in the unholy triefecta between the Cocteau an siblings and himself he slithers between sub and dom with remarkable dexterityWalser explores coupledom thus as a techniue to illustrate the multi layers of the human condition each pairing speaks to life s permutations whether friendship love homoerotic love duty or even death Each relationship is a refractory thread which opens up a new window of waltenshuung How does this feel Like the universe has been stretched out from pole to pole wrenched out of its non euclydic slumber and prostrated belly up on the examining table for the mother of all post mortems If there is mysterium it is unabashedly eviscerated and the contents strewn out for our aze no less mysterious but a hell of a lot accessible How is this done Through torrents of undercurrents Nothing but nothing is explicit yet the accretion of seuence after seuence creates a cumulative atmosphere of uninhibited wondrousness and marble cake layers of richness potent in sensuality and promises As I was reading through Jakob von Gunten I wondered what I Never Danced with an Eggplant (on a Streetcar Before) 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 aenre 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 Weaving Memory get angry Krausets angry on the slightest pretext That is so beautiful so no 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 uote iven how the reader manages to catch small limpses 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 bookWalser 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 ives us searing and incisive psychological portraits of his protagonists at the same time Walser is superbly nonjudgmental in presenting both their virtues and their vices His humanism and compassion is evident as well as an overarching concern with morality class divisions the function

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dreams and fantasies in a creative and cosmopolitan place in society and the ways in which industrialization and urbanization always in the background in Walser s work but a prevalent motif all the same cause individuals to lose some sense of a shared common historyJakob s voice is that of a child and yet he is also emphatically not a child Instead Walser suggests that there is no distinction to be made between childhood and adulthood in so doing he also breaks down other dualistic and dichotomous categories causing Jakob s precarious playful perverse and inuisitive uestioning of the world in which he lives to become the uestions that we all pose when faced with change of any sortAnd despite the uick nature of this review it seems Modern World Lit has decided to feature it MWL is a reat resource check it out if you don t already know about it Jakob Von Gunten is a metaphor of learning in the school of life We pupils all know one as well as the next that timidity is a punishable offence Whoever stutters and shows fear is exposed to the scorn of our Fraulein but we must be small and we must know know precisely that we are nothing big The law which commands the discipline which compels and the many unmerciful rules which Adventures in Fetishland give us a direction andive us ood taste that is the big thing not us pupils Well everyone feels this even I do that we are small poor dependent dwarfs obliged to be continuously obedient Jakob aspires to be a servant To me for instance wearing a uniform is very pleasant because I never did know before what clothes to put on But in this too I am a mystery to myself for the time being Perhaps there is a very very commonplace person inside me But perhaps I have aristocratic blood in my veins I don t know But one thing I do know for certain in later life I shall be a charming utterly spherical zero As an old man I shall have to serve young and confident and badly educated ruffians or I shall be a beggar or I shall perish But he also wishes be rich When I see candles burning I always feel that I am wealthy he dreams of vices Then Virtue came in a female figure of overwhelming beauty for anyone not frozen rigid and weeping I took her on my knee and fooled around with her When I had robbed her of her unspeakable treasure the Ideal I chased her out with derision Jakob Von Gunten is an allegory of living a life I really really hated this book Jakob von Gunten the character is the most dull fey irritating and obtuse example of a first person narrator I have yet encountered in my literary sojourns I wanted to track him down and to bludgeon him to death Here s the cover of the 1983 Vintage Books trade paperback I have 154 pages Full review to come. Ran protagonista de esta «historia singularmente delicada» según un juicio de Walter Benjamin es el propio Instituto Benjamenta el alumno Jakob a través de su diario nos introduce en todos sus secretos en sus dramas y peueñas tragedias y en todos sus misterios convirtiéndolo en uno de los escenarios más memorables de la literatura del siglo ,

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Aphy 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 actor1895April August in Basel Living with relatives Employed as secretary with a haulier and a bankFrom 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 career1896 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 round eaten up by the rhythm of pacing feet The smell of wet Rko grass the sound of cows tearingreen stalks rain on your face the wind in your ears Jakob von Gunten offers the opposite of such pleasures Apart from being inside a claustrophobic institution one that purports to be a training school for valets but offers no instruction employs teachers who are asleep or dead or only appear to be dead or have turned to stone in any case the pupils can et nothing from them apart from the feeling that life here is arrested that this is a kind of ante room to life a state of infinite waiting apart from all that there is no firm narrative round underfoot uagmires erupt the passing landscape bleaches out at the corner of my eye and turns into the stuff of nightmare Jakob von Gunten is one of the most unsettling narrators I have ever come across He is a nothing one of the large round attractive attractive zeros eine reizende kugelrunde Null that the Institut Benjamenta is so keen to produce a master of self effacement he has no ties of any kind with family or social class or friends or work colleagues He apparently exists only in his relationships with the other inmates of the institute and his relations with them are characterised by a disconcerting mix of condescension and admiration along with the odd swirl of inappropriate intimacy Schacht for example Jakob likes talking to Schacht He seems to understand everything you say to him and he himself from time to time says something significant And then he complains uite often Jakob loves that in a conversation because it Edwin (The Northumbrian Thrones gives him the opportunity to look at him and feel deep heartfelt sympathy with him and this is where it shifts where theround begins to move because the German word Mitleid can also mean pity and Schacht when you look at him has something pitiable about him even when he is not complaining Schacht has soul And because Jakob can masuerade as a sympathetic listener Schacht even betrays his shameful secret he has a disease the sort of disreputable disease that he hopes Jakob will be discreet about and indeed Jakob promises him on his word of honour that he will keep silent on this matter to reassure him And then asks him to show him the diseased partOr Kraus Kraus is not a uick learner But he will make a very ood servant he has the right air of humility and acuiescence unmatched incomparable He is bound to be employed by the best sort a Countess at the least If it weren t for his unsightly spots Really very unfortunate Poor Kraus Mich zum Beispiel at the least If it weren t for his unsightly spots Really very unfortunate Poor Kraus Mich zum Beispiel rden die Punkte die ihn verunzieren nicht im mindesten hindern ihn zu k ssen wenn es darauf ank me For my part those spots that spoil his looks would not prevent me from kissing him if it was necessary Under what circumstances would it be necessary I wonder Jakob does o out To watch with euanimity how the Polish waitress swindles him out *Of His Only Cash *his only cash walk in the anonymous crowds of nameless nothings that turns for him into a rim Grimm fairy tale world of dwarves and monsters trams like boxes of people omnibuses like huge insects The inhumanity of the masses 1909 an early witness to the alienating effect of city lifeHe visits his brother Yes he has a brother But his world is alien too Jakob mimics the behaviour of society with not a little talent How mean is that I had to take a break from this nightmare There seemed to be no destination for this journey and I was teetering swaying insecure It is impossible to read is this irony or sarcasm Is Jakob breathtakingly impudent or is he worryingly compliant Sometimes there is a limpse of true nobility of the soul Or is he saying that nobility of the soul is a sham Hard to tell That tone of cheerful acuiescence in an unacceptable destiny Self regulation Self denial Self annihilation And yet forcing imposing himself on others Forcing the director of the institute to take on some kind of authority Feeding off others a parasite that ultimately will kill its host It opened chasms of horror within We are the hollow menWe are the stuffed menBut Jakob maintains that they vibrate Chris Middleton does such a proficient job in my introduction honing in on the mysterium journal element and subtle ribbing tone of Jakob that For A Moment I Think I Am a moment I think I am with nothing to say LuckilyI am not one to succumb to silence even in those circumstances or to be perfectly precise I seem to always have something to say even when I don t For better or worse This entire novel then is a study of contrast and undercurrent Seeming levity of tone belies a violent clash of dichotomous life forces starting from Jakob himself who embodies a relentless pursuit of experiences an outward momentum which accelerates unchecked couples with a seemingly dissonant imperative of repressing the same dulling and uashing all sense data and finishing with the non too subtle juxtaposition between uotidian and otherworldly in place names eg the monotonous and heterogenous atmosphere of the Benjamenta Institute for servants vs the sumptuous mysterious world of the inner chambers And everything in between Which in this case is a uintessential nothing Jakob having no plot and unencumbered with background details presents as an albedo scene sparce on props against which the klieglight carves out in microscopic details the dynamics of life through a narrative of character studyJakob is a duality juxtaposed in bilateral relations with other characters where yet another eodesic poses duality this time in the pair off between Jakob. Interiores eso sí Pero ¿ué ventaja se obtiene de ellos ¿A uién dan de comer las conuistas interiores» Así empieza Jakob von Gunten la tercera novela de Robert Walser la más amada por el autor pero también la más discutida e innovadora escrita en 1909 en Berlín tres años después de haber dejado el Instituto donde se había educado Y el .
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