'Perhaps the most interesting writer of his generation... A strange and disconcerting genius' Edwin Muir
‘He is the greatest German writer of our time’ Vladimir Nabakov
After an embarrassing sexual misadventure with a servant girl, sixteen-year-old Karl Rossman is banished to America by his parents. Expected to redeem himself in the land of opportunity, Karl’s youthful breeziness propels him into a series of bizarre escapades which threaten to ensnare him permanently. Though dredged with humour and optimism, Kafka’s first novel bears his distinctive hallmarks, as young Karl becomes mired in an ever more unreal and oppressive system.
THE CLASSIC TRANSLATION BY WILLA AND EDWIN MUIR
“No other voice has borne truer witness to the dark of our times”
“He is the greatest German writer of our time. Such poets as Rilke or such novelists as Thomas Mann are dwarfs or plaster saints in comparison to him”