Carl Seelig's Walks with Robert Walser continue to shape the life of Robert Walser's work to this day. They show the poet, who was interned in Herisau from 1933 to 1956 and 'silenced' to the world, as a highly self-confident author and a wide-awake contemporary despite all his reticence. On long walks and at well-set tables, the wanderings unfold a freedom of movement, thought and language that has defined Walser's work from the beginning.

This new edition presents the text in its original 1957 form, supplemented by a selection of Carl Seelig's photographs, a list of all the walks and an annotated index. The vita and afterword show that Seelig is far more than Walser's 'guardian', but how he also supported emigrants such as Alfred Polgar and Robert Musil as an internationally networked editor and publicist at the time of National Socialism in Switzerland.

Carl Seelig: Wanderungen mit Robert Walser. Herausgegeben von Lukas Gloor, Reto Sorg und Peter Utz. Suhrkamp Verlag: Berlin 2021, (Bibliothek Suhrkamp 1521) 250 Seiten, ISBN: 978-3-518-22521-9

Publication date: 15.02.2021