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Walser, Robert (Author) & Bernofsky, Susan (Translator/Scholar). THE ROBBER. Lincoln, Nebraska: University Of Nebraska Press, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 141 pages. Fine.

The author's re-discovered 1925 novel. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. Without DJ, as issued. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Robert Walser's "Der Rauber" in a felicitous English translation by Susan Bernofsky. She has also written an illuminating Introductory Essay. Marks the auspicious (albeit very belated) appearance of the great novel in English, although it was not published in the German original until almost fifty years later, in 1972. "A quirky masterpiece of High Modernism, a love story that unravels as it goes along" (Susan Bernofsky). The tender, quirky tone is established from the get-go, by the first two sentences: "Edith loves him. More on this later". "A major 20th-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" (The New Yorker Magazine). "One of the profoundest products of modern literature" (Walter Benjamin). An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Walser collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws or are remainder-marked while the few copies in fine condition command as much as $500. This is a surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT WALSER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0803247893. $200.00

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