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Amerika
     

Amerika

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by Franz Kafka, Emlen Etting, Edwin Muir, Willa Muir, Emlen Etting (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805210644
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

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 At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work.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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 3, 1883
Date of Death:
June 3, 1924
Place of Birth:
Prague, Austria-Hungary
Place of Death:
Vienna, Austria
Education:
German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.

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Amerika 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skip first 29 pages...gives book away and is a snoozer!!! Just sayin'
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across Kafka's first novel after i had finished his short fiction, which impressed me. this story isn't quite what i expected. while stilling holding onto the grimmness that is signature kafka, it manages to use humor in a way i hadn't seen kafka do in his shorter works. 'The Stoker', the story/chapter that begins the book is what Dickens would have done if he had been a better writer. Karl's adventures remind me of Huck Finn's, but without a Jim. Until the last chapter, where the story spirals away from what it had been into substandard work. No, it isn't kafka's best work, but it is still a great piece of art.