The Essential Kafka

A culturally-influential and celebrated author, Kafka is generally considered to be one of the most accomplished writers of the 20th century.

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840227260


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Franz Kafka has given his name to a world of nightmare, but in Kafka's world, it is never completely clear just what the nightmare is. Kafka deals in dark and quirkily humorous terms with the insoluble dilemmas of a world which offers no reassurance, and no reliable guidance to resolving our existential and emotional uncertainties and anxieties.

Essential Kafka

This book also contains a short postscript on the art of translation that argues against the current modus operandi of translation theory, indeed, it goes so far as to quote from Kafka's diaries—on his state of mind in composing—as well ...

Author: Phillip Lundberg

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1438990227

Category: Fiction

Page: 316

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The Judgment, Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, A Report to the Academy, A Country Doctor, The Burrow, Investigations of a Dog or On Substance, Hunger Artist, Josephine the Songstress or The Mouse Folk; Josef K.!, The Messenger & Nocturnal Deliberations -a newly expanded Second Edition (9 Stories & 3 Novel Excerpts) with a Postscript on the Translator's Art. This translation of Kafka has a dual purpose, for starters it intends to provide English readers with a much better translation: that Kafka's prose should find a more fitting analogy in modern (American) English whereby it should come to life to a greater degree, and that his underlying philosophy—and I say philosophy in the greater sense—thus, should be grasped more readily. The second purpose is to explore issues regarding translation per se: what is the proper role of the translator and why is it that the vast majority of translations tend to leave the typical reader perplexed and, quite frankly, dissatisfied? The stories and excerpts included in this second edition have been carefully chosen to really bring the reader to the core issues that make manifest Kafka’s literary genius. This book also contains a short postscript on the art of translation that argues against the current modus operandi of translation theory, indeed, it goes so far as to quote from Kafka's diaries—on his state of mind in composing—as well as from Schleiermacher and early Roman translators on the responsibility of the translator to capture the spirit of the work in an imaginative manner. Kafka was struggling in his writings with matters that go beyond the normal concerns and my intention in this translation is to remain true to Kafka’s aims. Thus, this translation may prove valuable not only for the general readership but likewise for those who wish to study the intricacies of translation of text that deals with the most important matters. All the same, one should never neglect the humorous side and the joy to be discovered in having the last laugh.

The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man

In a nimble new translation by the acclaimed Alexander Starritt, this collection of Kafka's essential stories shows the genius at his very best.

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Pushkin Collection

ISBN: 1782274405

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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New translations of the best stories by the one of the twentieth century's greatest and most influential writers Kafka, whose name has generated an adjective, is one of the best loved writers of the twentieth century. Known for his dark, enigmatic stories, for the absurd nightmares he depicts, his extraordinary imaginative depth is clear in stories from 'A Hunger Artist' to 'The Verdict'. But Kafka also wrote fizzingly funny, fresh stories, and The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man contains all the aspects of this genius: the wit and the grit; the horror and the humour; the longing and the laughing. They range from bizarre, two-sentence stories about Don Quixote to the famous brutal depiction of violence and justice that is 'In the Penal Colony'. In a nimble new translation by the acclaimed Alexander Starritt, this collection of Kafka's essential stories shows the genius at his very best.

Kafka Unleashed

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Author: Phillip Lundberg


ISBN: 9781546225942

Category: Philosophy

Page: 430

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Kafka Unleashed may be viewed as an expanded third edition of Essential Kafka as it contains fourteen stories and four novel excerpts rather than nine and three; however, it is a great deal more than that (just an expansion in content). There is also a refinement in focus in that the translators role as interpreter has likewise undergone a certain metamorphosis. Thus, Kafkas hidden romantic side that has its roots in Goethe and Plato is brought into focus, as is Kafkas esoteric Christianity that becomes apparent, particularly in the chapter Josef K.! which contains the great legend/parable: Before the Law. Translations of Walter Sokels Franz KafkaTragik und Ironie, as well as three meditations by Rudolf Steiner and numerous footnotes to Plato, these combine to illuminate Kafkas genius like no other Kafka book. Additional insights regarding Lundbergs translations may be gleaned from his website: http: // ushaphil/index.html If you are serious in your interest in Franz Kafka, here is the translation that delivers, the result of decades of study of, as Socrates says: the most important things.

The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka

As Steiner frequently used the concepts of soul and inner core to designate the
essential self, distinct from and superior to the matter composing the human body
, it is reasonable to claim that what Kafka meant by inner core was also the ...

Author: June O. Leavitt

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199827834

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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June O. Leavitt offers a fascinating examination of the mystical in Franz Kafka's life and writings, showing that Kafka's understanding of the occult was not only a product of his own clairvoyant experiences but of the age in which he lived.

Kafka s The Metamorphosis and Other Writings

This essential collection of Franz Kafka's writings includes classic as well as new translations: "The Metamorphosis" "The Judgment" "A Country Doctor "In the Penal Colony" From A Hunger Artist ("First Sorrow," "A Little Woman," "A Hunger ...

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826414212

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 218

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This essential collection of Franz Kafka's writings includes classic as well as new translations: "The Metamorphosis" "The Judgment" "A Country Doctor "In the Penal Colony" From A Hunger Artist ("First Sorrow," "A Little Woman," "A Hunger Artist," "Josephine, the Singer; or, The Mouse People") "The Hunter Gracchus" "The Great Wall of China" "Letter to His Father">

The diaries

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0805209069

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 519

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Journal entries share Kafka's thoughts and observations during the ten years before his death

Letter to the Father Brief an den Vater

DIARIES, I 9 Io-1923 edited by Max Brod For the first time in this country, the
complete diaries of Franz Kafka are available in one volume. Covering the period
from 1910 to 1923, the year before Kafka's death, they reveal the essential Kafka

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0804150753

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 128

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Franz Kafka wrote this letter to Hermann Kafka in November 1919; he was then thirty-six years old. Max Brod relates that Kafka actually gave it to his mother to hand to his father, hoping that it might renew a relationship that had disintegrated into tension and frustration on both sides. Kafka's probing of the abyss between them spared neither his father nor himself, and his cry for acceptance has an undertone of despair. He could not help seeing the lack of understanding between father and son as another moment in the universal predicament depicited in so much of his work. Probably realizing the futility of her son's gesture, his mother did not deliver the letter, but returned it to Kafka instead. Kafka died five years later, in 1924, of tuberculosis.

Letters to Milena

Franz Kafka. volume; with the exception of the three novels, the whole of his
narrative work is included. “The Complete Stories ... Covering the period from
1910 to 1923, the year before Kafka's death, they reveal the essential Kafka
behind the ...

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 080415077X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesenska, was a gifted and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius and his even more complex character. For the thirty-six-year-old Kafka, she was "a living fire, such as I have never seen." It was to Milena that he revealed his most intimate self and, eventually, entrusted his diaries for safekeeping. "The voice of Kafka in Letters to Milena is more personal, more pure, and more painful than in his fiction: a testimony to human existence and to our eternal wait for the impossible. A marvelous new edition of a classic text." —Jan Kott

The Trial

A New Translation Based on the Restored Text Franz Kafka. AMERIKA translated
by Willa and Edwin Muir, with a foreword by E. L. Doctorow Kafka's first and
funniest novel tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, “packed
off ...

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0307829448

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka's nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers. This new edition is based upon the work of an international team of experts who have restored the text, the sequence of chapters, and their division to create a version that is as close as possible to the way the author left it. In his brilliant translation, Breon Mitchell masterfully reproduces the distinctive poetics of Kafka's prose, revealing a novel that is as full of energy and power as it was when it was first written.


The Kafka Effect Réda Bensmaïa Translated by Terry Cochran Writing is born
from and deals with the acknowledged doubt of an explicit division ... Both the
psychoanalytic and the theological interpretations equally miss the essential
points .

Author: Gilles Deleuze

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816615155

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 104

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In Kafka Deleuze and Guattari free their subject from his (mis)intrepreters. In contrast to traditional readings that see in Kafka's work a case of Oedipalized neurosis or a flight into transcendence, guilt, and subjectivity, Deleuze and Guattari make a case for Kafka as a man of joy, a promoter of radical politics who resisted at every turn submission to frozen hierarchies.

The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka New Edition

common error in Kafka criticism is to align individual works under a single rubric.
... “The Metamorphosis” under the collective title “Sons (Die Söhne)”; but the
plural noun is just as suggestive of essential differences as it is of a common

Author: Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438114028


Page: 199

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Presents a collection of critical essays about Kafka's The metamorphosis.

Agamben s Joyful Kafka

concluding chapter will bring together the rich yield that can be gathered from
Agamben's interpretation of Kafka. ... 5 As Dora Dymant describes: 'The essential
characteristics of his face were the very open, sometimes even wide-open eyes.

Author: Anke Snoek

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441172491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Both Giorgio Agamben and Franz Kafka are best known for their gloomy political worldview. A cautious study of Agamben's references on Kafka, however, reveals another dimension right at the intersection of their works: a complex and unorthodox theory of freedom. The inspiration emerges from Agamben's claims that 'it is a very poor reading of Kafka's works that sees in them only a summation of the anguish of a guilty man before the inscrutable power'. Virtually all of Kafka's stories leave us puzzled about what really happened. Was Josef K., who is butchered like a dog, defeated? And what about the meaningless but in his own way complete creature Odradek? Agamben's work sheds new light on these questions and arrives, through Kafka, at different strategies for freedom at the point where this freedom is most blatantly violated.

Kafka A Very Short Introduction

The late Kafka, however, develops a new, complex attitude towards the body. An
aphorism runs: 'The martyrs do not reject the body; they elevate it on the cross. In
this they agree with their opponents.' That is, the broken body of the crucified ...

Author: Ritchie Robertson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191577936

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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'When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect ...' So begins Franz Kafka's most famous story Metamorphosis. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is among the most intriguing and influential writers of the twentieth century. During his lifetime he worked as a civil servant and published only a handful of short stories, the best known being The Transformation. All three of his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and The Man Who Disappeared [America], were published after his death and helped to found Kafka's reputation as a uniquely perceptive interpreter of the twentieth century. Kafka's fiction vividly evokes bizarre situations: a commercial traveller is turned into an insect, a banker is arrested by a mysterious court, a fasting artist starves to death in the name of art, a singing mouse becomes the heroine of her nation. Attending both to Kafka's crisis-ridden life and to the subtleties of his art, Ritchie Robertson shows how his work explores such characteristically modern themes as the place of the body in culture, the power of institutions over people, and the possibility of religion after Nietzsche had proclaimed 'the death of God'. The result is an up-to-date and accessible portrait of a fascinating author which shows us ways to read and make sense of his perplexing and absorbing work. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Franz Kafka

The Office Writings Franz Kafka Stanley Corngold, Jack Greenberg, Benno
MACHINERY (1909) An exploration of the world of small farmers in Bohemia, this

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691126807

Category: Law

Page: 404

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Gathers eighteen legal briefs and other documents written by Kafka in his professional role as a lawyer for the Workmen's Accident Insurance Institute in Prague, and explains the issues involved and their role in his literary development.

The Essential Prose

Kafka never sent the letter — and that , perhaps , was just as well , for such a
letter probably performs its own healing function simply by being written ; one
cannot imagine that Kafka ' s father , perusing it , would have been enlightened .

Author: Dorothy Bendon Van Ghent



Category: College readers

Page: 1225

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This book has two general aims: to provide materials for the teaching of discursive writing, and to give students a broad, various acquaintance with their cultural heritage. Each of the ninety-three selections is followed by a set of analytical questions that explore both the substance of the piece and its rhetorical strategies, for discussion or written exercises.

B Me

That year's canon-dabbling included a couple of the longer Dostoevskys, the
essential Kafka, the obligatory Hemingway and Faulkner, some Woolf and Welty
and Paley, and a bunch of newer folks—Stone, Atwood, McCarthy, DeLillo.

Author: J.C. Hallman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451682026

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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“A love letter to the book as a physical object, a source of intellectual ardor, and a form of emotional salvation” (Salon)—and a nod to U and I, Nicholson Baker’s classic memoir about John Updike—from an award-winning author called “wonderfully bright” by The New York Times Book Review. Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker wrote U and I, the fretful and handwringing—but also groundbreaking—tale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is writer out there in the world that you must read. B & Me is that story, the story of J.C. Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Baker…and discovering himself in the process. Our relationship to books in the digital age, the role of art in an increasingly commodified world, the power great writing has to change us, these are at the core of Hallman’s investigation of Baker—questions he’s grappled with, values he’s come to doubt. But in reading Baker’s work, Hallman discovers the key to overcoming the malaise that had been plaguing him, through the books themselves and what he finds and contemplates in his attempts to understand them and their enigmatic author. B & Me is literary self-archaeology: an irreverent, incisive story of one reader’s desperate quest to restore passion to literature, and all the things he learns along the way. “A wide-ranging and idiosyncratic career survey for Nicholson Baker’s work, a love letter to the act of reading, and a commentary on the modern novel, this is a book that readers will absolutely adore” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The Nightmare of Reason

A comprehensive and interpretative biography of Franz Kafka that is both a monumental work of scholarship and a vivid, lively evocation of Kafka's world.

Author: Ernst Pawel

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 142993333X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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A comprehensive and interpretative biography of Franz Kafka that is both a monumental work of scholarship and a vivid, lively evocation of Kafka's world.

Journal of the Kafka Society of America

Assuming that ” Kafka ' s texts depend to an extreme degree on the concrete
circumstances in which they were written ” ( 214 ) , Pasley outlines a prototypical
context in which the " essentialKafka texts have been produced ( the
masterpieces ) ...






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Kafka s Castle

There are, I should say, many similarities, but to explore them would distract
attention both from St Teresa and from Kafka. To observe the difference between
them will, however, bring out an essential quality of Kafka's work. St Teresa
begins ...


Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521051363


Page: 147

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