Dieter Bachmann

(b.1940 in Basel) is a writer and journalist. From 1988 to 1998 he was editor-in-chief of the Swiss monthly journal du. Currently he is director of the “Istituto Svizzero” in Rome.


This article deals with the relationship between Robert Walser and his colleagues as his readers. Carl Seelig, the man who protected but also jealously guarded Walser’s life and work, might have also been guided himself by Walser. By also looking at many others of his interpreters, Dieter Bachmann comes to the conclusion that it is impossible to follow Walser since he and his texts are transitory and keep turning away.

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