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Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared

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Michael Hofmann's startlingly visceral and immediate translation revives Kafka's great comedy, and captures a new Kafka, free from Prague and loose in the new world, a Kafka shot through with light in this highly charged and enormously nuanced translation. Kafka began the first of his three novels in 1911, but like the others, Amerika remained unfinished, and perhaps, as Klaus Mann suggested, "necessarily endless." Karl Rossman, the youthful hero of the novel, "a poor boy of seventeen," has been banished by his parents to America, following a scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into adventure after misadventure, and experiences multiply as he makes his way into the heart of the country, to The Great Nature Theater of Oklahoma. In creating this new translation, Hofmann, as he explains in his introduction, returned to the manuscript version of the book, restoring matters of substance and detail. Fragments which have never before been presented in English are now reinstated including the book's original "ending."

Synopsis:

Newly restored to the original text: Franz Kafka's Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared at last has the translator it deserves.

Synopsis:

Newly restored to the original text: Franz Kafka's Amerika: The Man Who Disappearedat last has the translator it deserves.

Synopsis:

In this new version of Kafka's great 1927 comedy, Hofmann's luminous, enormously nuanced translation captures a Kafka free from Prague and loose in the new world, a Kafka shot through with light.

About the Author

For his translations, acclaimed poet Michael Hofmann has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Dublin International IMPAC Award, the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and The Schlegel-Tieck Prize (four times). He is the highly acclaimed translator of, among others, Kafka, Brecht, and Joseph Roth.Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. Several of his story collections were published in his lifetime and his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, were published posthumously by his editor Max Brod.For his translations, acclaimed poet Michael Hofmann has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Dublin International IMPAC Award, the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and The Schlegel-Tieck Prize (four times). He is the highly acclaimed translator of, among others, Kafka, Brecht, and Joseph Roth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811215138
Subtitle:
The Man Who Disappeared
Translator:
Hofmann, Michael
Author:
Kafka, Franz
Author:
Hofmann, Michael
Publisher:
New Directions
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Europeans
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
New Restored Text Translation
Series Volume:
107-182
Publication Date:
20021017
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.9 x 1 in 0.97 lb

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Product details 240 pages New Directions Publishing Corporation - English 9780811215138 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Newly restored to the original text: Franz Kafka's Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared at last has the translator it deserves.
"Synopsis" by , Newly restored to the original text: Franz Kafka's Amerika: The Man Who Disappearedat last has the translator it deserves.
"Synopsis" by , In this new version of Kafka's great 1927 comedy, Hofmann's luminous, enormously nuanced translation captures a Kafka free from Prague and loose in the new world, a Kafka shot through with light.
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