The Tanners
The Tanners

Recommended by Matt, City Lights Books

Loosely based on his own life and his large family, The Tanners follows Simon Tanner as he wanders from job to job, in search of a calling. Along his journey of self-definition, we meet his other siblings: the painter brother whose romantic brooding personality attracts women; the serious professorial oldest brother whose sense of responsibility towards his younger siblings strains his nerves; the teacher sister who hates teaching but can't get herself to risk the stability of her job; and the institutionalized brother whose name is hardly mentioned and whose madness potentially runs through the rest of the family. Through it all, Simon explores the master-servant relationship — whether in employment or in romance — that is one of the defining factors of Modernity.

Title The Tanners
Author Robert Walser
Publisher New Directions
Title First Published 31 August 2009
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 368 p.
ISBN-10 081121589X
ISBN-13 9780811215893
Publication Date 31 August 2009
Main content page count 368
Weight 11.2 oz.

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