The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka

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The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka
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“An important book, valuable in itself and absolutely fascinating. . . The stories are dreamlike, allegorical, symbolic, parabolic, grotesque, ritualistic, nasty, lucent, extremely personal, ghoulishly detached, exquisitely comic. . . numinous and prophetic.” — New York Times
“The Complete Stories is an encyclopedia of our insecurities and our brave attempts to
oppose them.” — Anatole Broyard
Franz Kafka wrote continuously and furiously throughout his short and intensely lived life, but only allowed a fraction of his work to be published during his lifetime. Shortly before his death at the age of forty, he instructed Max Brod, his friend and literary executor, to burn all his remaining works of fiction. Fortunately, Brod disobeyed.
The Complete Stories brings together all of Kafka’s stories, from the classic tales such as “The Metamorphosis,” “In the Penal Colony” and “The Hunger Artist” to less-known, shorter pieces and fragments Brod released after Kafka’s death; with the exception of his three novels, the whole of Kafka’s narrative work is included in this volume. The remarkable depth and breadth of his brilliant and probing imagination become even more
evident when these stories are seen as a whole.
This edition also features a fascinating introduction by John Updike, a chronology of Kafka’s life, and a selected bibliography of critical writings about Kafka.
The Problem of Our Laws
The Conscription of Troops
The Test
The Vulture
The Helmsman
The Top
A Little Fable
First Sorrow*
The Departure
The Married Couple
Give it Up!
On Parables
Editors and Translators
On the Material Included in this Volume
Selected Writings on Kafka
* Published during Kafka’s lifetime.
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