Kafka's Selected Stories

ISBN-10: 0393924793

ISBN-13: 9780393924794

Edition: 2006

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In 1945, W. H. Auden remarked that Kafka stands in the same relation to his century as Shakespeare does to hisKafka is the representative of the twentieth century, the poet who gives it its voice. This Norton Critical Edition is based on new translations by leading Kafka scholar and translator Stanley Corngold. Twenty-nine stories are included, accompanied by detailed annotations. "Backgrounds and Contexts" offers a glimpse of Kafka's creative process through extracts from his letters, diaries, and conversations. "Criticism" collects ten essays on the major stories by Stanley Corngold, Daniel Allen, Walter Hinderer, Walter Sokel, Nicola Gess, Vivian Liska, Benno Wagner, John A. Hargraves, and Gerhard Kurz A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. About the Series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide.
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List price: $10.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 8.50" wide x 5.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Franz Kafka was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, of middle-class Jewish parents. He apparently suffered a great deal of psychological pain at a young age at the hands of his domineering father. He took a law degree at the German University of Prague, then obtained a position in the workman's compensation division of the Austrian government. Always neurotic, insecure, and filled with a sense of inadequacy, Kafka's writing is a search for personal fulfillment and understanding. He wrote very slowly and deliberately, publishing very little in his lifetime. At his death he asked a close friend to burn his remaining manuscripts , but the friend refused the request. Instead the friend arranged for publication Kafka's longer stories, which have since brought him worldwide fame and have influenced many contemporary writers. Kafka's stories are nightmarish tales in which a helpless central character's every move is controlled by heartless, impersonal forces. An example is his 1938 psychological thriller, "The Metamorphosis." The story centers around a salesman named Gregor, who wakes up one morning and finds he is no longer a man but a giant insect. In today's increasingly complex, technological, and bureaucratic societies, Kafka has found a growing audience of sympathetic readers who understand the feeling of powerlessness Kafka's heroes experienced.

The Texts of Kafka's Selected Stories
The Judgment
A Story
The Stoker
A Fragment
In the Penal Colony
A Country Doctor
Little Stories
The New Lawyer
A Country Doctor
Up in the Gallery
A Page from an Old Document
Before the Law
Jackals and Arabs
The Worry of the Father of the Family
A Fratricide
A Dream
A Report to an Academy
A Starvation Artist
Four Stories
First Distress
A Starvation Artist
Josefine, the Singer or The Mouse People
Posthumously Published Stories
The Bridge
The Hunter Gracchus
Two Fragments
Building the Great Wall of China
The Knock at the Courtyard Gate
A Crossbreed
An Everyday Event
The Silence of the Sirens
On the Question of the Laws
Researches of a Dog
A Comment
On Parables
The Burrow
Backgrounds and Contexts: [Letters, Diaries, and Conversations]
Preface to an Understanding of Kafka
In the Circle of "The Judgment"
Sounding Silence
An Anecdote by Kafka: "A Fratricide"
Identity and the Individual, or Past and Present
The Politics of Listening: The Power of Song in Kafka's "Josefine, the Singer"
Positions: On Franz Kafka's "Poseidon"
"No one indicates the direction": The Question of Leadership in Kafka's Later Stories
Kafka and Silence: An Alternate View of Music
The Rustling of Stillness: Approaches to Kafka's The Burrow
Franz Kafka: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
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