translated by Paul North
illustrated by Friese Undine
| $20 $16
"You ask me if I have an idea for you, sir, you ask me to draft a sketch, a play, a dance, a pantomime, or something else that you could use, that you could abide by...."
The Swiss author Robert Walser’s Answer to an Inquiry is a short work written in the form of a letter. Walser assumes the voice of a great man of the theater responding to an aspiring actor’s request for advice. The young actor is given very simple, practical suggestions on how best to perform absolute anguish. This new edition, featuring a new translation accompanied by more than 40 drawings is a collaboration between translator Paul North and artist Friese Undine. Answer to an Inquiry should serve as a practical handbook for anyone wanting to convey deep suffering.
Remember what I told you once before, namely, that it is possible to perform fearsomeness, beauty, mourning, or love, or whatever else you want merely by opening or closing one eye in one way or another.Close ˆ
- 02.27.15 | Robert Walser's Answer to an Inquiry featured on The Paris Review Daily
- 03.24.11 | Answer to an Inquiry by Robert Walser is reviewed on the Readux blog
- 10.23.10 | Answer to an Inquiry by Robert Walser is reviewed in the Brooklyn Rail
News and Reviews
Never has the self-destructive nature of the artist been amplified with such ferocity … this new publication carries on the legacy of one of literature's unique voices.—The Brooklyn Rail