Franz Kafka: The Complete Stories
The Complete Stories includes all the works published during Kafka's lifetime. With the exception of three novels (The Trial, The Castle and Amerika), the whole of Kafka’s narrative work is included in this collection. The book was originally published by Schocken Books in 1971 and was reprinted in 1995 with an introduction by John Updike.
♦ Review from Amazon.com: "How many writers get their own adjective? The work of this terminally alienated master narrator of the subconscious demanded a new descriptor; I guess they gave up and just settled on "Kafkaesque." But if you ever wonder what the original Kafkaesque work was, take a look here. The book contains all of Kafka's short and longer stories - everything but his three novels. Most of these stories weren't even published during the author's lifetime. The widely-anthologized The Metamorphosis is here, wherein Gregor Samsa awakes from uneasy dreams to find himself insectoidally transformed, as are equally lovely pieces like A Hunger Artist, A Country Doctor and A Little Woman".
♦ Review from The New York Times: “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.”
♦ From the Foreword by John Updike: “[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.”
Author: Franz Kafka
Publisher: Schocken Books - New York
Publishing year: 1995
Product Dimensions: 13,2 x 20,2 cm
Weight: 500 gram
Number of pages: 490