The wonderful New York Review Books — which I praise frequently on this site — has done it again. Just after releasing the first English translation of Gregor von Rezzori's An Ermine in Czernopol, which I wrote about just last week, they have now published a collection of short pieces by Robert Walser called Berlin Stories. I have written about Walser before (The Tanners and Microscripts) , but the works in this short volume are all focused on the period, starting around 1905 and lasting for a few years, in which he lived in Berlin. In doing so he was following the path set by his older brother Karl, who had moved to Berlin earlier and became a very prominent scenic designer in the theater there. Walser tried to make his living by writing short pieces of the sort included in this book for magazines and newspapers.