New PDF release: A Schoolboy’s Diary and Other Stories (New York Review Books

By Robert Walser

ISBN-10: 1590176928

ISBN-13: 9781590176924

This new number of greater than seventy tales by way of the long-lasting smooth author Robert Walser, contains tales that experience seemed in Harper’s Magazine, n+1 on-line, Vice, and in other places. additionally incorporated is the full “Fritz Kocher’s Essays,” the “collected works,” so as to converse, of a boy who died younger, consisting completely of lecture room writing assignments on topics similar to “Music,” “Christmas,” and “The Fatherland.” because the starting identify series of Walser’s first publication, this was once a super approach to body and introduce his targeted voice, oscillating wildly because it does among naïveté (the ludicrous instructor donning “high boots, as if simply coming back from the conflict of Austerlitz”), faux-naïveté, and faux-faux-naïveté (“Factories and the components round them don't glance great. I don’t know the way somebody will be round such unclean issues. all of the negative humans paintings within the factories, probably to punish them for being so poor”).

A Schoolboy's Diary and different Stories is headquartered round schoolboy life—the topic of his maximum novel, Jakob von Gunten—and dispatches from the sting of the writer’s existence, as Walser’s modest, extravagant, careening narrators lash out at uncomprehending editors, overly solicitous publishers, and disdainers of Odol mouthwash. There are vignettes that swoon over the blameless beauties of the Swiss panorama, yet from sexual adventures on a educate, to dissecting an adulterous love triangle through “wading knee-deep into what's generally known as the Danish or mental novel,” to 3 tales approximately Walser’s carrier within the Swiss army in the course of global battle I, the gathering has an unforeseen diversity of subject material.

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Or, pour tout État, soit ancien, soit nouveau, soit mixte, les principales bases sont de bonnes lois et de bonnes armes. Mais, comme là où il n'y a point de bonnes armes, il ne peut y avoir de bonnes lois, et qu'au contraire il y a de bonnes lois là où il y a de bonnes armes, ce n'est que des armes que j'ai ici dessein de parler. Je dis donc que les armes qu'un prince peut employer pour la défense de son État lui sont propres, ou sont mercenaires, auxiliaires, ou mixtes, et que les mercenaires et les auxiliaires sont non seulement inutiles, mais même dangereuses.

Après s'être donné des forces telles qu'il les voulait, et avoir détruit en grande partie celles de son voisinage qui pouvaient lui nuire, le duc, se trouvant très puissant, se croyait presque entièrement assuré contre les dangers actuels ; et voulant poursuivre ses conquêtes, il était encore retenu par la considération de la France : car il savait que le roi, qui enfin s'était aperçu de son erreur, ne lui permettrait point de telles entreprises. En conséquence, il commença à rechercher des amitiés nouvelles et à tergiverser avec les Français, lorsqu'ils marchaient vers le royaume de Naples contre les Espagnols, qui faisaient le siège de Gaëte ; il projetait même de les mettre hors d'état de le contrarier ; et il en serait venu bientôt à bout, si Alexandre avait vécu plus longtemps.

On verra comment Philippe, père d'Alexandre le Grand, comment une foule d'autres princes et de républiques, avaient su se donner des troupes nationales et les organiser. Je m'en rapporte à l'instruction qu'on peut tirer de ces exemples. – 61 – CHAPITRE XIV Des fonctions qui appartiennent au prince, par rapport à la milice La guerre, les institutions et les règles qui la concernent sont le seul objet auquel un prince doive donner ses pensées et son application, et dont il lui convienne de faire son métier : c'est là la vraie profession de quiconque gouverne ; et par elle, non seulement ceux qui sont nés princes peuvent se maintenir, mais encore ceux qui sont nés simples particuliers peuvent souvent devenir princes.

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