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Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka was born in 1883 in Prague, where he lived most of his life. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories, including “The Metamorphosis,” “The Judgment,” and “The Stoker.” He died in 1924, before completing any of his full-length novels. At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work. Brod overrode those wishes.

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Amerika

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: July 2, 1996
Price: $14.00

Amerika, Kafka's first and funniest novel, tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself "packed off to America" by his parents. Although Kafka never visited America, images of its vast landscape, dangers, and opportunities inspired this saga of the "golden land." With... Read more >
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Amerika

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 10, 2012
Price: $9.99

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Amerika: The Missing Person
A New Translation, Based on the Restored Text
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $14.00

Kafka began writing what he had entitled Der Verschollene (The Missing Person) in 1912 and wrote the last completed chapter in 1914. But it wasn’t until 1927, three years after his death, that Max Brod, Kafka’s friend and literary executor, edited the unfinished manuscript and published it as Amerika. Kafka’s first... Read more >
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Amerika: The Missing Person
A New Translation, Based on the Restored Text
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $25.00

Franz Kafka's diaries and letters suggest that his fascination with America grew out of a desire to break away from his native Prague, even if only in his imagination. Kafka died before he could finish what he like to call his "American novel,: but he clearly entitled it Der Verschollene ("The... Read more >
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Amerika: The Missing Person
A New Translation, Based on the Restored Text
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $9.99

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The Castle
A New Translation Based on the Restored Text
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: December 15, 1998
Price: $15.00

Winner of the MLA's Lois Roth Translation Award

Franz Kafka's final novel tells the haunting tale of a man known only as K. and of his relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain entrance to the Castle. Although Kafka seemed to consider The Castle a failure, critics, in... Read more >
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The Castle

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 28, 1995
Price: $11.96

Franz Kafka's final novel tells the haunting tale of a man known only as K. and of his relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain entrance to the Castle. Although Kafka seemed to consider The Castle a failure, critics, in wrestling with its enigmatic meaning, have recognized... Read more >
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The Castle

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 3, 1992
Price: $20.00

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The Castle
A New Translation Based on the Restored Text
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $8.99

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Collected Stories

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Hardcover, 568 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 26, 1993
Price: $25.00

Edited and with an Introduction by Gabriel Josipovici; translated by Willa and Edwin Muir.

CONTENTS:

Stories Published in Kafka's Lifetime

MEDITATION (1913)
Children on a Country Road
Unmasking a Confidence Trickster
The Sudden Walk
Resolutions
Excursion into the Mountains
Bachelor's Ill Luck
The Tradesman
Absent-minded Window-grazing
The Way Home
Passers-by
On the Train
Clothes
Rejection
Reflections for Gentlemen-jockeys
The Street Window
The Wish to be a Red Indian
The Trees
Unhappiness

THE JUDGMENT
THE... Read more >

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The Complete Stories

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 14, 1995
Price: $17.00

This collection brings together all of Kafka's stories, form the classic tales such as "The Metamorphosis," "In the Penal Colony," and "A Hunger Artist," to shorter pieces and fragments that Max Brod, Kafka's literary executor, released after Kafka's death. With the exception of his three novels, the whole of Kafka's narrative... Read more >
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The Complete Stories

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $12.99

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Diaries, 1910-1923

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 30, 1988
Price: $17.00

Edited by Max Brod. Though Kafka's work is so widely discussed and has had a great influence on literature world-wide, he remains an elusive figure, his life and work open to endless interpretation. These diaries reveal the essential Kafka behind the enigmatic artist. Covering the period from 1910 to 1923, the... Read more >
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Diaries, 1910-1923

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 21, 2009
Price: $12.99

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Letter to his Father

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $9.99

Franz Kafka wrote this letter to Hermann Kafka in November 1919; he was then thirty-six years old. Max Brod relates that Kafka actually gave it to his mother to hand to his father, hoping that it might renew a relationship that had disintegrated into tension and frustration on both sides. Kafka's... Read more >

Letters to Friends, Family and Editors

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $12.99

"When we turn from Kafka's books to his letters we have a series of self-portraits desperate and courageous, always eager and warm in feeling; the self is lit by fantasy and, of course, by drollery. His candor is of the kind that flies alongside him in the air. He was a... Read more >

Letters to Felice

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 624 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $9.99

Franz Kafka first met Felice Bauer in August 1912, at the home of his friend Max Brod. The twenty-five-year-old career woman from Berlin—energetic, down-to-earth, life-affirming—awakened in him a desire to marry. Kafka wrote to Felice almost daily, sometimes even twice a day. Because he was living in Prague and she in... Read more >

Letters to Milena

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $12.99

In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena , which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesenska was a gifted and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex... Read more >

Letters to Ottla and the Family

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $12.99

Written by Kafka between 1909 and 1924, these letters offer a unique insight into the workings of the Kafka family, their relationship with the Prague Jewish community, and Kafka's own feelings about his parents and siblings. A gracious but shy woman, and a silent rebel against the bourgeois society in which... Read more >

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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $15.00

Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Stanley Corngold
Featuring essays by Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Franz Kafka begins... Read more >
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The Metamorphosis
And Other Stories
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 14, 1995
Price: $13.00

With a Foreword by Anne Rice; translated by Willa and Edwin Muir. This collection brings together the stories that Kafka allowed to be published during his lifetime. To Max Brod, his literary executor, he wrote: "Of all my writings the only books that can stand are these...Should they disappear altogether that... Read more >
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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1972
Price: $5.95

"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike... Read more >
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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $7.99

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The Metamorphosis
And Other Stories
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 328 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 14, 2009
Price: $7.99

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The Sons

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 5, 1989
Price: $12.00

With an Introduction by Mark Anderson. Seventy-five years after Kafka's request for The Stoker, The Metamorphosis, and The Judgment to be published together in a book called The Sons, his wish has come true. These three classic stories of filial revolt as well as his own poignant "Letter to His Father,"... Read more >
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