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Franz Kafka

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 At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work.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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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






Amerika: The Missing Person
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | August 2011
$14.00/16.00(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






Amerika: The Missing Person
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Hardcover | November 2008
$25.00/28.00(Canada) | 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






The Metamorphosis
Written by Franz Kafka, Adapted by Peter Kuper
Broadway Books | Trade Paperback | July 2004
$10.95/13.95(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






The Trial
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | May 1999
$14.00/16.00(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 Castle
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | December 1998
$15.00/17.00(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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Amerika
Written by Franz Kafka
Schocken | Trade Paperback | July 1996
$14.00/16.99(Canada) | 978-0-8052-1064-4 (0-8052-1064-4)

Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir
Foreword by E. L. Doctorow
Afterword 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... 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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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 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 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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Collected Stories
Written by Franz Kafka
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1993
$25.00/29.95(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 Castle
Written by Franz Kafka
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1992
$20.00/24.00(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






The Trial
Written by Franz Kafka
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | June 1992
$21.00/23.00(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 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






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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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





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