Kafka: A Very Short Introduction: Very Short Introductions

Autor Ritchie Robertson
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 28 oct 2004
'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.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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ISBN-13: 9780192804556
ISBN-10: 0192804553
Pagini: 160
Ilustrații: numerous halftones & text boxes
Dimensiuni: 111 x 175 x 10 mm
Greutate: 0.12 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria Very Short Introductions

Locul publicării:Oxford, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

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


' One of the best books on Kafka to have appeared for a long time ... This is an extremely valuable study of Kafka that will influence profoundly future assessments of his work. It deserves the highest possible recommendation.' Denys Dyer, British Book News
'This monograph ... offers considerably more than a comprehensive analysis of Kafka's origins in "decadent" aestheticism, of the personal impulses and cultural contexts that shaped his beginnings as a dandy. An innovative study of Kafka's search for literature, cogent and elegantly argued throughout.'M. Winkler, Rice University, Choice, January 1993