The Center's next Lit&Lunch event will be taking place on Tuesday, February 9, with translator Susan Bernofsky as our guest. Bernofsky's most recent translation is of The Tanners, by the highly acclaimed Swiss writer Robert Walser.
Walser died in 1956 and did most of his writing before the Second World War. Though he was praised highly by the likes of Kafka, Musil, and Walter Benjamin, he's been relatively unknown in the United States until lately when New Directions, NYRB Classics, and the University of Nebraska Press began issuing translations of his novels and stories. Bernofsky has done much of this recent translation work, and she is even working on a biography of Robert Walser. Walser has become one of my favorite writers of late, and I think everyone should at least give his writing a shot.
A great place to start your foray into Walser is Wandering with Robert Walser, a site maintained by Sam Jones. There you'll find links to tons of reviews and articles on Walser's writings, as well as all kinds of ephemera (like Walser graffiti). Jones has also put together a concordance of figures and works of art found throughout the Engilsh translations of Walser's work.
As we draw closer to the Lit&Lunch event, check back here for more on Bernofsky and Walser. If you'll be joining us, be sure to let us know by RSVPing on our Facebook page. And if you can't join us, you'll eventually find audio of the event up on the Center's website. You can catch up on prior Lit&Lunch events right here at our audio archive.