By Robert Walser
A Schoolboy's Diary brings jointly greater than seventy of Robert Walser's unusual and lovely tales, so much by no means sooner than to be had in English. commencing with a series from Walser's first booklet, "Fritz Kocher's Essays," the full school room assignments of a fictional boy who has met a tragically early dying, 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 global struggle I. all through, Walser's careening, confounding, scrumptious voice holds the reader transfixed.
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The ship could only have carried a few hundred survivors, and the problem of selection had been haunting his mind. Rugon, Chief of Communications and Deputy Captain, came into the control room. For the last hour he had been striving to detect radiation from Earth, but in vain. 舠We舗re too late,舡 he announced gloomily. 舠I舗ve monitored the whole spectrum and the ether舗s dead except for our own stations and some two-hundred-year-old programs from Kulath. 舡 He moved toward the giant vision screen with a graceful flowing motion that no mere biped could ever hope to imitate.
The torches were not needed. Before them lay a great hall, glowing with light from lines of tubes along the ceiling. On either side, the hall opened out into long corridors, while straight ahead a massive stairway swept majestically toward the upper floors. For a moment T舗sinadree hesitated. Then, since one way was as good as another, he led his companions down the first corridor. The feeling that life was near had now become very strong. At any moment, it seemed, they might be confronted by the creatures of this world.
A Schoolboy's Diary and Other Stories by Robert Walser