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Franz Kafka's Birthday

Franz Kafka, a German-language writer, was born on July 3, 1883. His most popular work is The Metamorphosis, but he wrote many other pieces with the same kind of themes and archetypes. If you're interested in reading Kafka's works, explore the following book list:

The Metamorphosis

"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from  unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his  bed into a monstrous vermin." With this  startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first  sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The  Metamorphosis . It is the story of a  young man who, transformed overnight into a giant  beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to  his family, an outsider in his own home, a  quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though  absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of  inadequecy, guilt, and isolation, The  Metamorphosis has taken its place as one  of the mosst widely read and influential works of  twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote,  "Kafka is important to us because his predicament  is the predicament of modern man."

The Castle: a new translation, based on fthe restored text

A surveyor is lost in a labyrinth in this 1926 German novel, reflecting the author's concern with man's inability to assert himself in the face of bureaucracy. It is a new translation that restores the eccentricities in style of the original.

Give It Up! and Other Short Stories

Illustrated by Peter Kuper In another ground-breaking album from Comicslit, nine stories by Franz Kafka are put into bold graphic comic art by award-winning illustrator and cartoonist Peter Kuper. In an original twist, Kuper's take on these tales, which are as true to today's world as ever - refreshingly brings out the dark humour latent in Kafka's work.

The Trial

Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka's death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, The Trial has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.

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