A Schoolboy's Diary and Other Stories by Robert Walser

By Robert Walser

A Schoolboy's Diary brings jointly greater than seventy of Robert Walser's unusual and beautiful tales, such a lot by no means ahead of to be had in English. commencing with a series from Walser's first ebook, "Fritz Kocher's Essays," the entire lecture room assignments of a fictional boy who has met a tragically early demise, this feature levels from sketches of uncomprehending editors, overly passionate readers, and dreamy artists to stories of devilish adultery, sexual encounters on a educate, and Walser's provider in international battle I. all through, Walser's careening, confounding, scrumptious voice holds the reader transfixed.

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Remembering the jealousy in Wei's face as Grace had led me to Nozomu's, I knocked on Wei's door. No answer, so I half peered in. Spray from a just-cut lime scented the air. Her room was identical to 404, even down to the print of the ukulele-strumming hula girl. " Was she sulking? Putter patter patter a poodle ran by, lead trailing from its collar. Rumors might scamper to Uncle if I dithered on the threshold, so in I slipped and closed the door. "Wei? " A spine-cracked ChineseEnglish dictionary lay splayed.

The room was so dark that the furniture was nothing more than hulking shapes in the corners of the room. Matt gazed into the dark. Out of the corner of his eye he noticed a row of flickering red lights on the floor. He blinked and stared more closely. After a moment he realized that what he was looking at was the baby monitor. He sighed, turned around, and closed the bedroom door behind him. Five months after Edie disappeared, Matt decided, finally, to pack up Minnow's room. Edie, he was not yet ready to let go of.

I have to go to work, Edie," Matt said. He leaned over the bed. " "I'm fine," she said. He sighed. He bent to kiss her but she turned away. His lips grazed her cheek and she held herself stiff to keep from shuddering. " Once she was sure Matt was gone, she got out of bed and went to the monitor. Somehow the baby seemed sadder today. Less frantic, perhaps. His cry more monotonous, more hopeless. She left the monitor on and listened to the baby while she got dressed. She stuffed her bra with wads of toilet paper, regretting now that she had not bought breast pads, because she had never quite made up her mind that she was going to breast-feed.

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