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Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

'When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect ...' So begins Franz Kafka's most famous story Metamorphosis.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is among the most intriguing and influential writers of the twentieth century. Les mer

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'When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect ...' So begins Franz Kafka's most famous story Metamorphosis.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is among the most intriguing and influential writers of the twentieth century. During his lifetime he worked as a civil servant and published only a handful of short stories, the best known being The Transformation. All three of his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and The Man Who Disappeared [America], were published after his death and helped to found Kafka's reputation as a uniquely perceptive interpreter of the twentieth
century.

Kafka's fiction vividly evokes bizarre situations: a commercial traveller is turned into an insect, a banker is arrested by a mysterious court, a fasting artist starves to death in the name of art, a singing mouse becomes the heroine of her nation. Attending both to Kafka's crisis-ridden life and to the subtleties of his art, Ritchie Robertson shows how his work explores such characteristically modern themes as the place of the body in culture, the power of institutions over people, and the
possibility of religion after Nietzsche had proclaimed 'the death of God'. The result is an up-to-date and accessible portrait of a fascinating author which shows us ways to read and make sense of his perplexing and absorbing work.

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Detaljer

Forlag
Oxford University Press
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780192804556
Utgivelsesår
2004
Format
18 x 11 cm

Om forfatteren

Ritchie Robertson is a Professor of German at Oxford University and a Fellow of St John's College. He has published books on Kafka, Heine, and Thomas Mann, as well as The Jewish Question in German Literature (OUP, 1999). He has translated several eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German authors into English for the Oxford World Classics and Penguin Classics series

Kunders vurdering

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KL – 05.12.2008

– Den tjekkiske forfatteren Franz Kafka blir av de fleste kjennere regnet som en av forrige århundres største og mest utfordrende forfattere. Selv har jeg med både fryd og ubehag lest klassikere som "Prosessen", "Slottet" og "I straffekolonien". Jeg kom således til denne boken med en del kjennskap til den misantropiske forfatteren, og jeg var slik sett usikker på om boken kunne gi meg noe. Det gjorde den, ved å sette forfatterskapet inn i en intellektuell og kulturell kontekst, samt at den ga meg noen nye perspektiver. Like fullt vil jeg tro at boken egner seg bedre for den som ikke har lest noe av Kafka, og til slike lesere anbefaler jeg boken som en introduksjon. Selv har jeg på nytt tatt "Prosessen" ned fra hyllen.

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