ISBN 9780099518440,The Complete Novels Of Kafka

The Complete Novels Of Kafka

Author:

Franz Kafka

Publisher:

Random House

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ISBN 9780099518440
Publisher

Random House

Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780099518440

ISBN-10 0099518449
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 468 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

In America Karl Rossmann is 'packed off to American by his parents' to experience Oedipal and cultural isolation. Here, ordinary immigrants are also strange, and 'America' is never quite as real as it should be. Kafka, a Czech writing in German, never acutally visited America; so, as Max Brod commented, 'the innocence of his fantasy gives this book if advanture its peculiar colour.' Both Joseph K in The Trial and K in The Castle are victims of anonymous governing forces beyond their control. Both are atomised, estranged and rootless citizens deceived by authoritarian power. Whereas Joseph K is relentlessly hunted down for a crime that remains nameless, K ceaselessly attempts to enter the castle and so belong somewhere. Together these novels may be read as powerful allegories of totalitarian government in whatever guise it appears today.
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