Arnon Grunberg

Hotel

Serner

Who is Walter Serner? I had never heard of him, but in my hotel in Zurich I stumbled upon a text by him. It hung next to the staircase between the second and first floor.
Serner was a dadaist, an author, born in 1889 in Karlsbad, as Walter Seligmann, killed by the Nazis in 1942, probably in the "Wald von Biń∑ernieki".

"But even wat you really are you have to make them believe."

There is no way out of the game. If this conviction makes me a dadaist, I'm a proud dadaist. The only thing a human being can be proud of is dadaism.

Melancholy is not something to be proud of.

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