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Landscape’s Revenge: The Ecology of Failure in Robert Walser and Bernardo Carvalho

In this original work, drawing from diverse critical traditions from Latin-America and Europe, Caio Yurgel posits the landscape as the pathway to the hidden, dark depths of Robert Walser’s and Bernardo Carvalho’s literary projects. Behind the deceivingly idyllic or exotic sceneries lies a fictional stage riddled with irony and failure, with anti-heroes and outcasts who, with their dying breaths, narrate a world that is slowly undoing itself.

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With a highly original and independent voice, Caio Yurgel showcases his synthetic and intellectual assets by expertly guiding us through the topographies of Romanticism, Realism, and Postmodernism. And he does that with a language that never ceases to impress, combining essayistic fluency with critical sharpness.

Susanne Zepp - Professor of Romance Philology, Freie Universität Berlin

Yurgel’s study is a salutary reminder that, rather than merely an institutional artifact, literature is foremost about passionate reading. His bold and uncommon pairing, as well as the mastery—and yes, scholarship—he displays throughout distinguish him among his generation of German academics. A generous reader, Yurgel reframes Walser and Carvalho within their respective fields and within the literary historiography of romanticism.

Héctor Hoyos - Associate Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University