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Dressed in his cheap, battered suit, Joseph Marti arrives at the impressive villa of Karl Tobler, an enthusiastic but ill-starred inventor, to begin employment as his clerk. Tobler is determined to finance his family's lavish lifestyle with the proceeds from his latest idea - a clock adorned with advertisements. But Tobler's grand plans are destined for failure and the household, including Marti, refuse to acknowledge their approaching ruin. Robert Walser claimed to have written The Assistant, a semi-autobiographical work, in just six weeks as an entry for a literary competition. The second of his few surviving novels, it is now regarded as major work of modernist literature.

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Robert Walser was born in Switzerland in 1878 and worked as a bank clerk before becoming a writer. In 1929 he was diagnosed as `schizophrenic' and lived the last twenty years of his life in hospital. His novels include Jakob von Gunten and The Assistant. Robert Walser died in 1956.'A truly wonderful, heart-breaking writer' -- Susan SontagSusan Bernofsky is the translator of books by Robert Walser, Gregor von Rezzori, Yoko Tawada, and others. Her translations have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is the author of Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe, and is the recipient of a PEN Translation grant and a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also the recipient of the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for Outstanding Translation for her translation of Jenny Erpenbeck's The Old Child & Other Stories. She lives with her husband in Boiceville, New York.

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Though Walser, a Swiss, was an important early modernist, this translation by the award-winning Bernofsky is apparently this novel's first printing in English. And although the language reflects its 1908 publication date, its tone feels strikingly contemporary, like something that could have been written by Colson Whitehead. Joseph Marti is a marginally employable young clerk who goes to work for Karl Tobler, a marginally talented inventor who's living the good life on a dwindling inheritance. Tobler's Advertising Clock and Marksman's Vending Machine fail to lure investors, and Marti soon becomes skilled at the ritual language of creditor evasion. Of course, Marti isn't paid either, but he is so alienated from himself that any indignation at his own treatment is smothered by feelings of his own unworthiness to live in such a fine home. (Tobler's hilltop villa, the Evening Star, is of course a sinking ship.) Modern readers may lack the context to fully appreciate Walser's intent—Is he satirizing bourgeois aspiration? An economy unmoored from practicality?—but its absurdities and psychological insights are enjoyable nonetheless. Graff, Keir

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