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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446419946
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

K



From the internationally acclaimed author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and Ka: an utterly original, fascinating interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka that is simultaneously an unprecedented exploration into the mystery of Kafka himself.

What are Kafka's stories about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Things that happen every day? But where and when?

In this remarkable book, Roberto Calasso sets out not to dispel the mystery but to let it be illuminated by its own light. With his unique vision, imagination, and intellectual acumen, Calasso attempts to enter the flow, the tortuous movement, the physiology of the stories to discover what they are meant to signify and to delve into the most basic question: Who is K.?

The culmination of the author's lifelong fascination with Kafka, K. is a book of significant literary importance, the fourth part in a work in progress of which the previous volumes are The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, and Ka.

  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446419946
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Roberto Calasso

Born in Florence, Roberto Calasso lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi. He is the author of The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, which was the winner of the Prix Veillon and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Literature and the Gods, Ka and K.

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Praise for K

K, by Italian writer and publisher Roberto Calasso...maintains a deft balance between genres, mixing an elegant discussion of Kafka's work with a novelist's eye for detail

Los Angeles Times

A product of great love and deep immersion

Observer

An elegant writer, Calasso is particularly attuned to the strong erotic undercurrents in Kafka's writing and is suitably wary of finding any overarching philosophy.

New Yorker

Extraordinarily rich... Remarkable

Financial Times

Finely expressed, thoughtful readings... what strikes one most is their justice and tact

Independent

For those who aren't acquainted with Kafka, Calasso's book is a practical and exciting introduction. For those who are, it is an irresistible invitation to reread him and once more measure his greatness - this time with the sharp-eyed complicity of a brilliant investigator - Carlo Fruttero, Panorama

Offers exceptional insights: Calasso's reading of Kafka's diaries is inspired

Scotland on Sunday

Roberto Calasso's creative energy is active throughout. He claims to present Kafka's work as 'illuminated by its own light' and succeeds in a unique way. Many of his readers will feel compelled to reread Kafka.' Muriel Spark, TLS

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