In a famous short story, Borges has one of his characters, an obscure author, remark: "I do not belong to art, but merely to the history of art." For a while, it seemed as though this would be the sorry fate of Robert Walser, whose boisterous yet oblique prose narratives—with their "alienated" protagonists, formal recalcitrance, and general contempt for civilization—could fit snugly into an academic pécis of European Modernism without ever stirring the interest or excitement of the... More >>>