The Works of Franz Kafka [NOOK Book]

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The works of Kafka in one collection with an active table of contents.

Stories
In the Penal Colony
The Trial
Metamorphosis
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The Works of Franz Kafka

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Overview

The works of Kafka in one collection with an active table of contents.

Stories
In the Penal Colony
The Trial
Metamorphosis
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000817117
  • Publisher: Douglas Editions
  • Publication date: 2/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 344,412
  • File size: 381 KB

Meet the Author

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German writer of novels and short stories regarded by as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

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 24, 2012

    Kafka's works - easily read on the nook

    I am not an expert on Kafka or the best translation - but this version was easy to read and navigate on my nook

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