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Susan Bernofsky writes in her introductory essay "Secrets, Not Code: On Robert Susan Bernofsky writes in "Secrets, Not Code: On Robert Walser's Microscripts" that Walser's "writing that initially looked like secret code...turned out to be a radically miniturized Kurrent script, the form of handwriting favored in German-speaking countries until the mid-twentieth century, when it was replaced by a Latinate form similar to that used in English." The recently published "Red Book" by Carl Jung contains many examples of this calligraphic script. Walter Benjamin contribted an essay about Walser's life and work that was first published in 1929.Amazon.com reviews: W. G. Sebald called Robert Walser "a clairvoyant of the small," and nowhere is the phrase more apt than in his "microscripts." Robert Walser wrote many of his manuscripts in a highly enigmatic, shrunken-down form. These narrow strips of paper (many of them written during his hospitalization in the Waldau sanatorium) covered with...