A Country Doctor

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A Country Doctor is the third such volume of Kafka's stories published by Prague's Twisted Spoon Press, following A HUNGER ARTIST and CONTEMPLATION. It includes 15 stories and sketches, included the famed parable "Before the Law, " "Jackals and Arabs, " "A Fratricide" and "A Report from an Academy" among them. ImPorted from the Czech Republic.
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Overview

A Country Doctor is the third such volume of Kafka's stories published by Prague's Twisted Spoon Press, following A HUNGER ARTIST and CONTEMPLATION. It includes 15 stories and sketches, included the famed parable "Before the Law, " "Jackals and Arabs, " "A Fratricide" and "A Report from an Academy" among them. ImPorted from the Czech Republic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494711740
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 703,587
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 - 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Kafka strongly influenced genres such as existentialism. His works, such as "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle), are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent-child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, and mystical transformations.

Biography

Franz Kafka was born in 1883 to a well-to-do middle-class Jewish family. His father, the self-made proprietor of a wholesale haberdashery business, was a domineering man whose approbation Franz continually struggled to win. The younger Kafka's feelings of inadequacy and guilt form the background of much of his work and are made explicit in his "Letter to His Father" (excerpted in this volume), which was written in 1919 but never sent.

Kafka was educated in the German language schools of Prague and at the city's German University, where in 1908 he took a law degree. Literature, however, remained his sole passion. At this time he became part of a literary circle that included Franz Werfel, Martin Buber, and Kafka's close friend Max Brod. Encouraged by Brod, Kafka published the prose collection Observations in 1913. Two years later his story "The Stoker" won the Fontaine prize. In 1916 he began work on The Trial and between this time and 1923 produced three incomplete novels as well as numerous sketches and stories. In his lifetime some of his short works did appear: The Judgment (1916), The Metamorphosis (1916), The Penal Colony (1919), and The Country Doctor (1919).

Before his death of tuberculosis in 1924, Kafka had charged Max Brod with the execution of his estate, ordering Brod to burn the manuscripts. With the somewhat circular justification that Kafka must have known his friend could not obey such an order, Brod decided to publish Kafka's writings. To this act of "betrayal" the world owes the preservation of some of the most unforgettable and influential literary works of our century.

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

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Made of typos

    I cannot bare rreading so many typos in an ebook.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Vintage Kafka. :)

    My low rating doesn't reflect Kafka's writing whatsoever - this is an enjoyable classic from a master. My comments focus on this specific epub copy of the story from B&N. It appears this was OCR'ed from a paper document into epub format but never edited afterwards. There are numerous glitches like random characters and spots where the OCR guessed words incorrectly. It's only a 15 page story so cleaning it up would have taken very little time. I would expect a better showing from a title available from B&N, even if it's free. B&N, if you want a corrected copy, I'll volunteer!

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