Amerika by Franz Kafka
The Man Who Disappeared: The New Translation by Michael Hofmann

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Karl Rossman has been banished by his parents to America, following a family scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the strange experiences that lie before him as he slowly makes his way into the interior of the great continent.

Although Kafka's first novel (begun in 1911 and never finished), can be read as a menacing allegory of modern life, it is also infused with a quite un-Kafkaesque blitheness and sunniness, brought to life in this lyrical translation that returns to the original manuscript of the book.


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Franz Kafka was born in 1883 in Prague, where he lived most of his life. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories, including “The Metamorphosis,” “The Judgment,” and “The Stoker.” He died in 1924, before completing any of his full-length novels. At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work. Brod overrode those wishes.
Published January 25, 2007 by Penguin. 246 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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The last few years have produced new translations of Kafka's masterpieces The Trial, The Castle, and now their unfinished successor (the first begun, and last published, of the three).

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January 24: Edward Albee's The American.

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