by Robert Walser
Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 194 pages; $16.50
In 1914 Author Robert Walser wrote: "How horrible it must be to know that one is famous and to feel that one doesn't deserve it at all." This problem was one that Walser (1878-1956) never had to face. Three of his novels were published during his lifetime, and his work won the admiration of such contemporaries as Franz Kafka and Hermann Hesse. But the Swiss-born Walser received almost no public recognition or support. He spent the last 27 years of his...