The complete novels of one of the greatest German writers of all time, collected together in one edition
The complete novels of one of the greatest German writers of all time, collected together in one literary masterpiece.
Kafka’s characters are victims of forces beyond their control, estranged and rootless citizens deceived by authoritarian power. Filled with claustrophobic description and existential profundity, Kafka has been compared to a literary Woody Allen.
In The Trial Joseph K is relentlessly hunted for a crime that remains nameless.
The Castle follows K in his ceaseless attempts to enter the castle and to belong somewhere.
In Amerika Karl Rossmann also finds himself isolated and confused when he is 'packed off to America by his parents'. Here, ordinary immigrants are also strange, and 'America' is never quite as real as it seems.
THE CLASSIC TRANSLATION BY WILLA AND EDWIN MUIR
“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”
“Kafka described with wonderful imaginative power the future concentration camps, the future instability of the law, the future absolutism of the state, the paralysed, inadequately motivated, floundering lives of the many individual people; everything appeared as a nightmare and with the confusion and inadequacy of a nightmare”