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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
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4211-9 (0-8052-4211-2)

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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1106-1 (0-8052-1106-3)

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
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1039-2 (0-8052-1039-3)

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 >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-679-42303-4 (0-679-42303-6)

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
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1055-2 (0-8052-1055-5)

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 >
Also available as an eBook.

Letter to his Father

Written by Franz Kafka


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5075-0 (0-8041-5075-3)

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
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5078-1 (0-8041-5078-8)

"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
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5076-7 (0-8041-5076-1)

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
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5077-4 (0-8041-5077-X)

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
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5074-3 (0-8041-5074-5)

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
And Other Stories
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 14, 1995
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1057-6 (0-8052-1057-1)

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 >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, paperback and a trade paperback.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0886-3 (0-8052-0886-0)

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 25, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0999-0 (0-8052-0999-9)

Until now, students have been able to read Kafka’s masterpiece only in a translation of the 1925 German edition that was edited by Max Brod (Kafka’s friend and literary executor), from an unfinished manuscript. Both Brod's edition and its 1937 translation by Will and Edwin Muir have long been considered flawed.

This... Read more >
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Burnt Books
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka
Written by Rodger Kamenetz


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4257-7 (0-8052-4257-0)

Rodger Kamenetz, acclaimed author of The Jew in the Lotus, has long been fascinated by the mystical tales of the Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. And for many years he has taught a course in Prague on Franz Kafka. The more he thought about their lives and writings, the more... Read more >
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Stardust Lost
The Triumph, Tragedy, and Meshugas of the Yiddish Theater in America
Written by Stefan Kanfer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7803-5 (1-4000-7803-2)

In Stardust Lost, Stefan Kanfer brings the colorful Yiddish stage roaring back to life.

Born of ancient traditions stretching back to the drama of the Old Testament, the Yiddish theater was a vibrant part of the immigrant experience. Kanfer invokes the energy, belief, and pure chutzpah it took to establish and... Read more >
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By Fire, By Water

Written by Mitchell James Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-352-1 (1-59051-352-5)

Luis de Santángel, chancellor to the court and longtime friend of the lusty King Ferdinand, has had enough of the Spanish Inquisition. As the power of Inquisitor General Tomás de Torquemada grows, so does the brutality of the Spanish church and the suspicion and paranoia it inspires. When a dear friend’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hand-Drying in America
And Other Stories
Written by Ben Katchor


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90690-8 (0-307-90690-6)

WITH BEAUTIFUL FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT

From one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today comes a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture—a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the twenty-first century.

Ben Katchor, a master at twisting mundane commodities... Read more >

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The Jew of New York

Written by Ben Katchor


Format: Trade Paperback, 108 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: December 26, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70097-2 (0-375-70097-8)

In 1825, Mordecai Noah, a New York politician and amateur playwright possessed of a utopian vision, summoned all the lost tribes of Israel to an island near Buffalo in the hope of establishing a Jewish state. His failed plan, a mere footnote in Jewish-American history, is the starting point for Ben... Read more >

NEW YORK JEW

Written by Alfred Kazin


Format: eBook, 312 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5126-9 (0-8041-5126-1)

Alfred Kazin, one of the central figures of America’s intellectual life in the 20th century, takes us into his own life and times. His autobiography encompasses, within a single large, fluent narrative, a personal story openly told; an inside look at New York’s innermost intellectual circles; and brilliantly astute observations of... Read more >

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Dossier K
A Memoir
Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-202-4 (1-61219-202-5)

The first and only memoir from the Nobel Prize—winning author, in the form of an illuminating, often funny, and often combative interview–with himself

Dossier K. is Imre Kertész’s response to the hasty biographies and profiles that followed his 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature–an attempt to set the record straight.

The result is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fatelessness

Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7863-9 (1-4000-7863-6)

At the age of 14 Georg Koves is plucked from his home in a Jewish section of Budapest and without any particular malice, placed on a train to Auschwitz. He does not understand the reason for his fate. He doesn’t particularly think of himself as Jewish. And his fellow prisoners, who... Read more >
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Kaddish for an Unborn Child

Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7862-2 (1-4000-7862-8)

The first word in this mesmerizing novel by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is “No.” It is how the novel’s narrator, a middle-aged Hungarian-Jewish writer, answers an acquaintance who asks him if he has a child. It is the answer he gave his wife (now ex-wife) years earlier... Read more >
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Yossel

Written by Joe Kubert


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-3180-4 (1-4012-3180-2)

Famed comic creator Joe Kubert’s family came to America from Poland in the 1920s, but the family almost was not allowed into the country. YOSSEL asks the question, “What if my family had still been in Poland when the Warsaw Ghetto was founded?”
In 1939, Yossel and his family were relocated... Read more >

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Rowing Lesson

Written by Anne Landsman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: November 1, 2008
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-528-7 (1-56947-528-8)

Winner of the South African M-Net Literary Prize (English category)

Betsy Klein is summoned from her home in the United States to the bedside of her dying father in a South African hospital. Faced with having to say goodbye, she delves into his mind, speaking to him in the lyrical second-person. She... Read more >
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The Wanting
A Novel
Written by Michael Lavigne


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1255-6 (0-8052-1255-8)

From the author of Not Me, this powerful novel about an Israeli father and his daughter brings to life a rich canvas of events and unexpected change in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.

In the galvanizing opening of The Wanting, the celebrated Russian-born postmodern architect Roman Guttman is injured in a... Read more >
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