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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372586
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $24.00

Amerika




A lyrical translation of Kafka's first novel - a menacing allegory of modern life.

Translated with an Introduction by Michael Hofmann.

'He had almost forgotten he was in the uncertain hold of a ship moored to the coast of an unknown continent'

Karl Rossmann has been banished by his parents to America, following a family scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the strange experiences that lie before him as he slowly makes his way into the interior of the great continent. Although Kafka's first novel can be read as a disturbing allegory of modern life in all its alienation, it is also a novel infused with blitheness and exuberance.

  • Pub date: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241372586
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $24.00

About the Author

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was born into a Jewish family in Prague. In 1906 he received a doctorate in jurisprudence, and for many years he worked a tedious job as a civil service lawyer investigating claims at the State Worker's Accident Insurance Institute. He never married, and published only a few slim volumes of stories during his lifetime. Meditation, a collection of sketches, appeared in 1912; The Stoker: A Fragment in 1913; Metamorphosis in 1915; The Judgement in 1916; In the Penal Colony in 1919; and A Country Doctor in 1920. The great novels were not published until after his death from tuberculosis: America, The Trial and The Castle.

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Praise for Amerika

“It was Kafka who made me understand that one can write differently”

Gabriel García Márquez

“His power resides in the state of the human soul he portrays”

Malcolm Bradbury, Sunday Times


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