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ISBN13: 9780805210644
ISBN10: 0805210644
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Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir

Foreword by E. L. Doctorow

Afterword by Max Brod

 

Kafka’s first and funniest novel, Amerika tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself “packed off to America” by his parents.  Expected to redeem himself in this magical land of opportunity, young Karl is swept up instead in a whirlwind of dizzying reversals, strange escapades, and picaresque adventures.

 

Although Kafka never visited America, images of its vast landscape, dangers, and opportunities inspired this saga of the “golden land.” Here is a startlingly modern, fantastic and visionary tale of America “as a place no one has yet seen, in a historical period that can’t be identified,” writes E. L. Doctorow in his new foreword. “Kafka made his novel from his own mind’s mythic elements,” Doctorow explains, “and the research data that caught his eye were bent like rays in a field of gravity.”

Synopsis:

Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir

Foreword by E. L. Doctorow

Afterword by Max Brod

 

Kafka’s first and funniest novel, Amerika tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself “packed off to America” by his parents.  Expected to redeem himself in this magical land of opportunity, young Karl is swept up instead in a whirlwind of dizzying reversals, strange escapades, and picaresque adventures.

 

Although Kafka never visited America, images of its vast landscape, dangers, and opportunities inspired this saga of the “golden land.” Here is a startlingly modern, fantastic and visionary tale of America “as a place no one has yet seen, in a historical period that can’t be identified,” writes E. L. Doctorow in his new foreword. “Kafka made his novel from his own mind’s mythic elements,” Doctorow explains, “and the research data that caught his eye were bent like rays in a field of gravity.”

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"Had one to name the author who comes nearest to bearing the same kind of relation to our age as Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe bore to theirs, Kafka is the first one would think of." W.H. Auden

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manwith7talents, September 26, 2008 (view all comments by manwith7talents)
Kafka's funniest, most sublime, and most underrated novel. It shows a much more optimistic, even whimsical side of Kafka, a side most readers may not know that he had. Despite this, it is conceptually unified with his other novels in it's portrayal of the solitude, confusion and surrealism of modern life. This time however, Kafka's hero finds a way to freedom.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805210644
Author:
Kafka, Franz
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Translated by:
Muir, Willa
Foreword:
Doctorow, E. L.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;literature;kafka;20th century;german;czech;german literature;modernism;existentialism;franz kafka;classics;classic;czech literature;philosophy;america;absurdism;humor;immigration;20th century literature;czechoslovakia;literary fiction;travel
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19960731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.65 in 0.75 lb

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Product details 336 pages Schocken Books - English 9780805210644 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir

Foreword by E. L. Doctorow

Afterword by Max Brod

 

Kafka’s first and funniest novel, Amerika tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself “packed off to America” by his parents.  Expected to redeem himself in this magical land of opportunity, young Karl is swept up instead in a whirlwind of dizzying reversals, strange escapades, and picaresque adventures.

 

Although Kafka never visited America, images of its vast landscape, dangers, and opportunities inspired this saga of the “golden land.” Here is a startlingly modern, fantastic and visionary tale of America “as a place no one has yet seen, in a historical period that can’t be identified,” writes E. L. Doctorow in his new foreword. “Kafka made his novel from his own mind’s mythic elements,” Doctorow explains, “and the research data that caught his eye were bent like rays in a field of gravity.”

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