Kafka, Franz - Amerika - ( Item 123010 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2011. First Thus. Fine Hardback. Sealed. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Introduced by James Lasdun. Bound in paper, printed with a design by Bill Bragg Set in Elysium. Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations. Book size: 9” x 61/4”, 272 pages. Amerika was the ?rst of Kafka's novels, but the last to be published. A picaresque and idiosyncratic romp, it follows the adventures of Karl Rossmann, sent away from home after getting a maid pregnant, as he leaves Europe and travels across America. Kafka himself never visited America, and the novel contains many charming idiosyncrasies: San Francisco is situated on the east coast, and a bridge connects New York with Boston. Part social satire, part coming-of-age novel, Amerika is lighter in tone than the rest of Kafka's ?ction, and owes a debt to a writer he hugely admired: Charles Dickens. In his introduction, James Lasdun provides a fascinating exploration of two writers who shared 'an instinctive sympathy with the downtrodden;an abiding interest in the effect of large, impersonal forces on small, vulnerable human beings'. Their differences however, he says, are equally revealing: 'In Dickens, the source of cruelty is largely social and therefore amenable to correction. In Kafka, it is intrinsic to human existence.' This edition is illustrated by Bill Bragg and translated by Michael Hofmann.
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