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Franz Kafka

FRANZ KAFKA was born in Prague in 1883 and died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium near Vienna in 1924. After earning a law degree in 1906, he worked for most of his adult life at the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute in Prague. Only a small portion of Kafka's writings were published during his lifetime. He left instructions for his friend and literary executor Max Brod to destroy all of his unpublished work after his death, instructions Brod famously ignored.


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Amerika: The Missing Person
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | August 2011
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1161-0 (0-8052-1161-6)

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






Aphorisms
Written by Franz Kafka, Foreword by Daniel Frank
Schocken | Hardcover | November 2015
$18.95/24.95(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1265-5 (0-8052-1265-5)

The aphorism eludes definition: it can appear to be a random jotting or a more polished observation. Whether arbitrary fragment or crystalline shard, an aphorism captures the inception of a thought. Franz Kafka composed aphorisms during two periods in his life. A series of 109 was written between September 1917 and... Read more






The Castle
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | December 1998
$15.95/21.95(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1106-1 (0-8052-1106-3)

Translated and with a preface by Mark Harman

Left unfinished by Kafka in 1922 and not published until 1926, two years after his death, The Castle is the haunting tale of K.’s relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain access to the Castle. Scrupulously following the fluidity and...

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The Castle
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | March 1995
$11.96/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1039-2 (0-8052-1039-3)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Arriving in a village to take up the position of land surveyor for the mysterious lord of a castle, the character known as K. finds himself in a bitter and baffling struggle to contact his new employer and go about his duties. As the villagers and the Castle... Read more






The Castle
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by Willa Muir and Edwin Muir, Introduction by Irving Howe
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1992
$21.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-41735-4 (0-679-41735-4)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Arriving in a village to take up the position of land surveyor for the mysterious lord of a castle, the character known as K. finds himself in a bitter and baffling struggle to contact his new employer and go about his duties. As the villagers and the Castle... Read more






Collected Stories
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by Willa Muir and Edwin Muir, Introduction by Gabriel Josipovici
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1993
$26.00/34.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42303-4 (0-679-42303-6)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Franz Kafka’s imagination so far outstripped the forms and conventions of the literary tradition he inherited that he was forced to turn that tradition inside out in order to tell his splendid, mysterious tales. Scrupulously naturalistic on the surface, uncanny in their depths, these stories represent the achieved... Read more






The Complete Stories
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | November 1995
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1055-2 (0-8052-1055-5)

The Complete Stories brings together all of Kafka’s stories, from 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...

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Diaries, 1910-1923
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | October 1988
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-0906-8 (0-8052-0906-9)

These diaries cover the years 1910 to 1923, the year before Kafka’s death at the age of forty. They provide a penetrating look into life in Prague and into Kafka’s accounts of his dreams, his feelings for the father he worshipped and the woman he could not bring himself to marry...

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Letter to the Father/Brief an den Vater
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins
Schocken | Trade Paperback | November 2015
$14.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1266-2 (0-8052-1266-3)

Franz Kafka wrote this letter to his father, Hermann Kafka, in November 1919. Max Brod, Kafka’s literary executor, relates that Kafka actually gave the letter to his mother to hand to his father, hoping it might renew a relationship that had lost itself in tension and frustration on both sides. But... Read more






Letters to Felice
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by James Stern and Elisabeth Duckworth
Schocken | Trade Paperback | December 6, 2016
$21.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-0851-1 (0-8052-0851-8)

Now back in print, Franz Kafka's letters to his fiancé Felice Bauer, written over the course of their impassioned but doomed relationship, are "some of the most heartrending 'love letters' ever written" (Morris Dickstein, The New York Times Book Review).

Franz Kafka met Felice Bauer on August 13, 1912, at the home... Read more






Letters to Friends, Family, and Editors
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by Richard Winston and Clara Winston
Schocken | Trade Paperback | December 6, 2016
$20.00/26.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-0949-5 (0-8052-0949-2)

Now back in print, more than two decades' worth of revelatory letters—sometimes surprisingly humorous, sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad—to the men and women with whom Franz Kafka maintained his closest personal relationships.

Collected after his death by his friend and literary executor Max Brod, here is a treasure trove of Kafka's letters from his... Read more






Letters to Milena
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by Philip Boehm
Schocken | Trade Paperback | November 2015
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1267-9 (0-8052-1267-1)

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 Jesenská, was a gifter and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius...

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The Metamorphosis
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by Stanley Corngold
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2013
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8514-6 (0-8129-8514-1)

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... Read more






The Metamorphosis
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | November 1995
$13.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1057-6 (0-8052-1057-1)

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.”

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The Metamorphosis
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by Stanley Corngold
Bantam Classics | Paperback | February 1972
$5.95/8.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21369-0 (0-553-21369-5)

"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 insect, becomes an object of disgrace to  his... Read more






The Sons
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | August 1989
$12.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-0886-3 (0-8052-0886-0)

I have only one request," Kafka wrote to his publisher Kurt Wolff in 1913. "'The Stoker,' 'The Metamorphosis,' and 'The Judgment' belong together, both inwardly and outwardly. There is an obvious connection among the three, and, even more important, a secret one, for which reason I would be reluctant to forego... Read more






The Trial
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | May 1999
$14.95/19.50(Canada) | 978-0-8052-0999-0 (0-8052-0999-9)

Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential... Read more






The Trial
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | March 1995
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1040-8 (0-8052-1040-7)

Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential...

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The Trial
Written by Franz Kafka, Translated by Willa Muir and Edwin Muir, Introduction by George Steiner
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | June 1992
$22.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40994-6 (0-679-40994-7)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

The story of the mysterious indictment, trial, and reckoning forced upon Joseph K. in Franz Kafka’s The Trial is one of the twentieth century’s master parables, reflecting the central spiritual crises of modern life. Kafka’s method–one that has influenced, in some way, almost every writer of substance who... Read more






The Metamorphosis
Written by Franz Kafka, Adapted by Peter Kuper
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | July 2004
$11.99/13.99(Canada) | 978-1-4000-5299-8 (1-4000-5299-8)

Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug. Kuper’s electric drawings—which merge American cartooning with German expressionism—bring Kafka’s prose to vivid life, reviving the original story’s humor and poignancy in a way that will surprise and delight... Read more





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