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The Complete Novels Of Vintage Kafka

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Includes, Amerika and both Joseph K in and K in are victims of forces beyond their control. Both ... Read More

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Includes, Amerika and both Joseph K in and K in are victims of forces beyond their control. Both are estranged and rootless citizens deceived by authoritarian power. Where Joseph K is relentlessly hunted for a crime that remains nameless, K ceaselessly attempts to enter the castle and so belong somewhere. In Amerika Karl rossmann also finds himself isolated and confused when he is 'packed off to America by his parents'. Here, ordinary immigrants are also strange and 'America' Is never quite as real as it seems. The classic translation by Willa and Edwin muir.

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Title: The Complete Novels Of Vintage Kafka
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: Random House UK
ISBN: 9780099518440
SKU: BK0022012
EAN: 9780099518440
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Franz Kafka was born in 1833 to a well-to-do middle-class Jewish family. His father, the self-made proprietor of a wholesale haberdashery business, was a domineering man whose approbation Franz continually struggled to win. The younger Kafka's feelings of inadequacy and guilt form the background of much of his work and are made explicit in his "Letter to His Father" (excerpted in this volume), which was written in 1919 but never sent. Kafka was educated in the German language schools of Prague and at the city's German University, where in 1908 he took a law degree. Literature, however, remained his sole passion. At this time he became part of a literary circle that included Franz Werfel, Martin Buber, and Kafka's close friend Max Brod. Encouraged by Brod, Kafka published the prose collection Observations in 1913. Two years later his story "The Stoker" won the Fontaine prize. In 1916 he began work on The Trial and between this time and 1923 produced three incomplete novels as well as numerous sketches and stories. In his lifetime some of his short works did appear: The Judgment (1916), The Metamorphosis (1916), The Penal Colony (1919), and The Country Doctor (1919). Before his death of tuberculosis in 1924, Kafka had charged Max Brod with the execution of his estate, ordering Brod to burn the manuscripts. With the somewhat circular justification that Kafka must have known his friend could not obey such an order, Brod decided to publish Kafka's writings. To this act of "betrayal" the world owes the preservation of some of the most unforgettable and influential literary works of our century.

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