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Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

 
Ritchie Robertson (Author)
Synopsis

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is among the most intriguing and influential writers of the twentieth century. During his lifetime he published only a handful of short stories, the best known being The Transformation. All three of his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and The Man Who Disappeared (America), were published after his death and helped to found Kafka’s reputation as a uniquely perceptive interpreter of the twentieth century. Kafka’s fiction vividly evokes bizarre situations: a commercial traveler is turned into an insect, a banker is arrested by a mysterious court, and a singing mouse becomes the heroine of her nation. Attending both to Kalka’s crisis-ridden life and to the subtleties of his art. Ritchie Robertson shows how his work explores such characteristically modern themes as the place of the body in culture, the power of institutions over people, and the possibility of religion after Nietzsche had proclaimed ‘the death of God’. This up-to-date and accessible portrait of a fascinating author shows us ways to read and make sense of his perplexing and absorbing work.

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About the author

Ritchie Robertson

Ritchie Robertson is a Professor of German at Oxford University and a Fellow of St. John’s College. He has published books on Kafka, Heine, and Thomas Mann, as well as The Jewish Question in German Literature (OUP, 1999). He has translated several eighteenth-and nineteenth-century German authors into English for the Oxford World’s Classics and Penguin Classics series.

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Bibliographic information

Title Kafka: A Very Short Introduction
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0192804553
length x+139p., Plates; References; Index; 18cm.