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Franz Kafka - the man, the works, the legacy... View this in your browser SIGNED BOOKS • BESTSELLERS • OUR SHOPS Franz Kafka 3 JULY 1883 - 3 JUNE 1924 “All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.” – Franz Kafka The centenary of the death of Franz Kafka gives us the opp

Franz Kafka - the man, the works, the legacy...

 

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Franz Kafka

 
 

3 JULY 1883 - 3 JUNE 1924


“All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.” – Franz Kafka


The centenary of the death of Franz Kafka gives us the opportunity to reflect on one of the greatest and most influential European authors.


The Austrian writer Hermann Broch said: The sole raison d'etre of a novel is to discover what only the novel can discover.


With some of the deepest, crisp, darkly comic and evocative prose you will ever read there is no doubt that Kafka is a (the?) master.

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Diaries by Frank Kafka
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The Diaries of Franz Kafka
by Franz Kafka, translated by Ross Benjamin
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Ross Benjamin, translator of this new edition says:


“Franz Kafka’s diaries, penned between 1909 and 1923, reveal the relentless self-exam­i­na­tion and literary experimentation of one of modern literature’s most vision­ary fig­ures. My translation gives English-speaking readers access to the complete, unexpurgated diaries for the first time. The only pre­vi­ous Eng­lish ver­sion, first pub­lished in 1948-49, was based on a bowd­ler­ized German edition prepared by Kafka’s intimate friend and literary executor, Max Brod, whose extensive cuts and alterations drastically misrepresented the original text.


With his heavy-handed editorial interventions Brod sanitized and sanctified Kafka, censoring accounts of brothel visits, deleting homoerotic passages, and downplaying elements that might complicate the myth of Kafka as a pure, saintly martyr to literature. My translation is based on the 1990 Ger­man crit­i­cal edi­tion, a faithful transcription of Kafka’s hand­writ­ten note­books. Unlike Brod, who minimized the fragmentary, unpolished nature of Kafka’s diary writing and effaced its peculiarities and unorthodoxies, this edition presents the text in all its untidiness.


Kafka’s diaries display his erratic genius, moving in fits and starts, taking stabs in the dark, backtracking and reworking, and leaping from one mode of writing to another, often blurring the lines between them. The pages are strewn with errors, misspellings, repetitions, abbreviations, contractions, regionalisms, and other quirks and infelicities. By preserving these rough edges and idiosyncrasies in my translation, I’ve sought to capture the provisionality and open-endedness of Kafka’s writing as he continuously forges, revises, and reimagines his literary idiom and sensibility.”


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Franz Kafka Collection

Metamorphoses book

Karolina will be talking about her new book at Blackwell's Oxford on Tuesday 25th June.

Event: Metamorphoses at Blackwell's Oxford, Tuesday, June 25 · 6 - 7pm
 

Metamorphoses
In Search of Franz Kafka
by Karolina Watroba
HARDBACK


This groundbreaking study of Franz Kafka’s legacy explores Kafka’s life and influence in an entirely new and dynamic way. It is an unconventional biography which tells Kafka’s story through the stories of his readers around the world.

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US edition (due June) available here


"A high-spirited, richly informed, and original portrait, a cross between biography, literary analysis and a study in modern canonisation: Karolina Watroba is an inspired guide and her book a pleasure to read."

Marina Warner, author of Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists


 
 
Selected Stories book
 

Selected Stories
by Frank Kafka, Mark Harman (translator)
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The sixteen stories included in this selection all benefit from the new translations of Harman. With a perceptive biographical introduction and notes illuminating the stories any reader will enjoy a fresh perspective on some of the most important works of Kafka.


By arranging the stories chronologically it gives a clear picture of the development of the author's style and themes.

Buy now

"Mark Harman is the finest living Kafka translator, and this new volume is a trove of riches. The introduction is enlightening, the notes are invaluable, and of course the prose is a constant delight. No one else brings Kafka to life so vividly and so elegantly."
John Banville, author of The Singularities

 
 
Book: Completely Kafka
 


Completely Kafka 

A Comic Biography

Nicolas Mahler (author), Nicolas Mahler (illustrator), Alexander Booth (translator)
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With telling details and sharply minimal illustrations, Nicolas Mahler tells a wickedly funny story of the development of Kafka’s genius, offering a tribute that is as playful as it is profound.

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Book: A Cage Went in Search of a Bird
 


A Cage Went in Search of a Bird 

Ten Kafkaesque Stories

Becca Rothfeld (introduction)
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With contributions from Ali Smith, Tommy Orange, Naomi Alderman, Helen Oyeyemi, Keith Ridgway , Yiyun Li, Charlie Kaufman, Elif Batuman, Leone Ross and Joshua Cohen this is a collection of brand-new short stories that bring a number of modern situations, such as online dating and buying a house, into a Kafkaesque worldview.

Pre-order now

US edition (due June) available here

 
 

Inspired by Kafka

GEORGE SAUNDERS ] ¥ T, DECENBER

Few other 20th-century authors can claim to have intrigued and inspired so many creative people, especially fellow novelists. This collection of our favourite novels inspired by the great man is a veritable who's who of quality storytellers channeling the maestro.

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Franz Kafka - the man, the works, the legacy... BLACKWELL'S SIGNED BOOKS  •  BESTSELLERS  •  OUR SHOPS Collection: Franz Kafka 1883 - 1924 Franz Kafka 3 JULY 1883 - 3 JUNE 1924 “All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.” – Franz Kafka The centenary of the death of Franz Kafka gives us the opportunity to reflect on one of the greatest and most influential European authors. The Austrian writer Hermann Broch said: The sole raison d'etre of a novel is to discover what only the novel can discover. With some of the deepest, crisp, darkly comic and evocative prose you will ever read there is no doubt that Kafka is a (the?) master. Discover collection Diaries by Frank Kafka Read a preview The Diaries of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka, translated by Ross Benjamin PAPERBACK Ross Benjamin, translator of this new edition says: “Franz Kafka’s diaries, penned between 1909 and 1923, reveal the relentless self-exam­i­na­tion and literary experimentation of one of modern literature’s most vision­ary fig­ures. My translation gives English-speaking readers access to the complete, unexpurgated diaries for the first time. The only pre­vi­ous Eng­lish ver­sion, first pub­lished in 1948-49, was based on a bowd­ler­ized German edition prepared by Kafka’s intimate friend and literary executor, Max Brod, whose extensive cuts and alterations drastically misrepresented the original text. With his heavy-handed editorial interventions Brod sanitized and sanctified Kafka, censoring accounts of brothel visits, deleting homoerotic passages, and downplaying elements that might complicate the myth of Kafka as a pure, saintly martyr to literature. My translation is based on the 1990 Ger­man crit­i­cal edi­tion, a faithful transcription of Kafka’s hand­writ­ten note­books. Unlike Brod, who minimized the fragmentary, unpolished nature of Kafka’s diary writing and effaced its peculiarities and unorthodoxies, this edition presents the text in all its untidiness. Kafka’s diaries display his erratic genius, moving in fits and starts, taking stabs in the dark, backtracking and reworking, and leaping from one mode of writing to another, often blurring the lines between them. The pages are strewn with errors, misspellings, repetitions, abbreviations, contractions, regionalisms, and other quirks and infelicities. By preserving these rough edges and idiosyncrasies in my translation, I’ve sought to capture the provisionality and open-endedness of Kafka’s writing as he continuously forges, revises, and reimagines his literary idiom and sensibility.” Buy now Franz Kafka Collection Metamorphoses book Karolina will be talking about her new book at Blackwell's Oxford on Tuesday 25th June. Event: Metamorphoses at Blackwell's Oxford, Tuesday, June 25 · 6 - 7pm Metamorphoses In Search of Franz Kafka by Karolina Watroba HARDBACK This groundbreaking study of Franz Kafka’s legacy explores Kafka’s life and influence in an entirely new and dynamic way. It is an unconventional biography which tells Kafka’s story through the stories of his readers around the world. Buy now US edition (due June) available here "A high-spirited, richly informed, and original portrait, a cross between biography, literary analysis and a study in modern canonisation: Karolina Watroba is an inspired guide and her book a pleasure to read." Marina Warner, author of Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists Selected Stories book Selected Stories by Frank Kafka, Mark Harman (translator) HARDBACK The sixteen stories included in this selection all benefit from the new translations of Harman. With a perceptive biographical introduction and notes illuminating the stories any reader will enjoy a fresh perspective on some of the most important works of Kafka. By arranging the stories chronologically it gives a clear picture of the development of the author's style and themes. Buy now "Mark Harman is the finest living Kafka translator, and this new volume is a trove of riches. The introduction is enlightening, the notes are invaluable, and of course the prose is a constant delight. No one else brings Kafka to life so vividly and so elegantly." John Banville, author of The Singularities Book: Completely Kafka Completely Kafka  A COMIC BIOGRAPHY Nicolas Mahler (author), Nicolas Mahler (illustrator), Alexander Booth (translator) PAPERBACK With telling details and sharply minimal illustrations, Nicolas Mahler tells a wickedly funny story of the development of Kafka’s genius, offering a tribute that is as playful as it is profound. Pre-order now Book: A Cage Went in Search of a Bird A Cage Went in Search of a Bird  TEN KAFKAESQUE STORIES Becca Rothfeld (introduction) HARDBACK With contributions from Ali Smith, Tommy Orange, Naomi Alderman, Helen Oyeyemi, Keith Ridgway , Yiyun Li, Charlie Kaufman, Elif Batuman, Leone Ross and Joshua Cohen this is a collection of brand-new short stories that bring a number of modern situations, such as online dating and buying a house, into a Kafkaesque worldview. Pre-order now US edition (due June) available here Inspired by Kafka GEORGE SAUNDERS ] ¥ T, DECENBER Few other 20th-century authors can claim to have intrigued and inspired so many creative people, especially fellow novelists. This collection of our favourite novels inspired by the great man is a veritable who's who of quality storytellers channeling the maestro. Discover collection 🌐 18M+ TITLES WITH DELIVERY TO YOUR COUNTRY INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Follow us  fb  X / Twitter  TikTok  Instagram  YouTube  {~AQ9176183218857611749240zzzzz647464d18af56b5c1a3c82f810779e8ff4bf7d7f65e09afa091b4a8b92867e1397~}
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