By Robert Walser
Robert Walser wrote lots of his manuscripts in a hugely enigmatic, shrunken-down shape. those slender strips of paper, lined with tiny ant-like pencil markings a millimeter excessive, got here to mild purely after the author’s loss of life in 1956.At first thought of random stressed pencil markings or a mystery code, the microscripts have been in time found to be a substantially miniaturized kind of vintage German script: an entire tale used to be deciphered at the again of a company card. those twenty-five brief items deal with schnapps, rotten husbands, small city lifestyles, stylish jaunts, the radio, swine, jealousy, and marriage proposals.
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O wife of such a husband, and O husband of such a wife, and O you millions of perturbations! You hordes of directors, come this way and display your managerial talents! But let us return to the refined man, whom I can’t help imagining standing shivering before me, since, after all, considering what a sizeable number of writers there are, all sorts of people living today have grounds to tremble at the prospect of serving as models and being forced without their knowledge to kindly provide entertainment.
It would not have been fitting for him to have a name—this namelessness made him happy and thus he was provided for. The piece of bread always tasted fabulous to him, and when he was eating it, Amazonian rivers of faithfulness flooded through him. What a devotion that must have been! I know that you are namelessly grateful to me for these few lines. Oh these bread-doling carryings-on! Godful! I feel as if I could continue this report on into all incredulity... What else does the infinite consist of other than the incalculability of little dots?
One might naturally also refer to him as a refined individual, since all good people believe they are very refined, and because all beautiful people are virtually incapable of relinquishing the illusion that they are good. Once he founded a sort of enterprise, counting on the support of all the other nice, good, devout, joyous refined persons. Was there not a certain recklessness in this sort of calculation? Be that as it may, these good people left him utterly in the lurch, and the completeness with which they abandoned him might appear in itself to possess great worth.
Microscripts by Robert Walser