The Complete Stories

The Complete Stories

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by Franz Kafka
     
 

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The Complete Stories brings together all of Kafka’s stories, from the classic tales such as “The Metamorphosis,” “In the Penal Colony,” and “A Hunger Artist” to shorter pieces and fragments that Max Brod, Kafka’s literary executor, released after Kafka’s death. With the exception of his three

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The Complete Stories brings together all of Kafka’s stories, from the classic tales such as “The Metamorphosis,” “In the Penal Colony,” and “A Hunger Artist” to shorter pieces and fragments that Max Brod, Kafka’s literary executor, released after Kafka’s death. With the exception of his three novels, the whole of Kafka’s narrative work is included in this volume. 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[Kafka] spoke for millions in their new unease; a century after his birth, he seems the last holy writer, and the supreme fabulist of modern man’s cosmic predicament.”
—from the Foreword by John Updike
 
“The distinction Kafka, or his heroes, draw between this world and the world does not imply that there are two different worlds, only that our habitual conceptions of reality are not the true conception.”
—W. H. Auden
 
“An important book, valuable in itself and absolutely fascinating. The stories are dreamlike, allegorical, symbolic, parabolic, grotesque, ritualistic, nasty, lucent, extremely personal, ghoulishly detached, exquisitely comic, numinous, and prophetic.”
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307829450
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/24/2012
Series:
Schocken Kafka Library
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
634,752
File size:
2 MB

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 At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work.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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The Complete Stories 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains many masterpieces of modern literature. The Kafka story is like everything else about Kafka unique, of its own kind. It is on the one hand an abstract telling, and on the other a parable . It goes into the details of life but always in a surprising way that brings us to a world ridden with anxiety and fear. It is strange and somehow moves us far away from ourselves to a greater kind of detachment and alienation than we have ever known. And yet it is filled with wonder , wonder and a beauty difficult to understand. One should read this work with a Bible in one's hand in order to know that there is a world to hold on to in which our deepest human longings have answer not only with a scream but with a prayer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DO NOT BUY!!! This is not a complete collection. All I received were 19 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was getting the complete stories. Instead I only got 19 pages.  What a rip-off!    Do not buy this edition of the book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad that they were able to condence all of Kafka's stories into 18 pages. I guess this is the pan and scan version. I got ripped off like watching a VHS of Ben Her.
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