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Amerika - Franz Kafka
Amerika
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Translated by Willa and Edwin MuirForeword by E. L. DoctorowAfterword by Max Brod Kafka’s first and funniest novel, Amerika tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself “packed off to America” by his parents.  Expected to... show more
Translated by Willa and Edwin MuirForeword by E. L. DoctorowAfterword by Max Brod Kafka’s first and funniest novel, Amerika tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself “packed off to America” by his parents.  Expected to redeem himself in this magical land of opportunity, young Karl is swept up instead in a whirlwind of dizzying reversals, strange escapades, and picaresque adventures. Although Kafka never visited America, images of its vast landscape, dangers, and opportunities inspired this saga of the “golden land.” Here is a startlingly modern, fantastic and visionary tale of America “as a place no one has yet seen, in a historical period that can’t be identified,” writes E. L. Doctorow in his new foreword. “Kafka made his novel from his own mind’s mythic elements,” Doctorow explains, “and the research data that caught his eye were bent like rays in a field of gravity.”
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780805210644 (0805210644)
Publisher: Schocken
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Edward
Edward rated it
5.0 Amerika: The Missing Person
Cover of the first edition of 'Der Heizer' ('The Stoker')Publisher's NoteTranslator's Preface & Notes--Amerika: The Missing PersonFragments:Brunelda's DepartureAt a street corner Karl saw ...They traveled for two days ...AcknowledgmentsChronologyBibliographyA Note on the Type
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Cecily's book reviews rated it
4.0
The first chapter (The Stoker) was published as a short story and is included in The Metamorphosis. The usual themes of alienation/rejection, aspiring to please/fit in, being bemused in unfamiliar territory are there, but it is generally more optimistic and realistic than his other novels, though th...
The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel rated it
4.0
This novel is completely different from all the others Kafka's works. I mean, it's not kafkaesque, it's picaresque. Amerika has something of Dickens and it doesn't seem written by an european novelist. Kafka has written about the myth of a new world seen like a land of false possibilities where a ne...
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