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Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Eclectic, mind-blowing collection”
A delight to read.... [T]he extremely varied and entertaining stories [Kafkaesque] contains help clarify Kafka’s literary legacy.”
...a surpassingly excellent anthology in its own right. An ideal introduction, as the stories capture the strangeness, wonder, despair, and humour which Kafka’s work exemplifies.”
So very good...one of my favourite anthologies.”
A smart and provocative anthology...superb.”
It’s an extremely rich and potent collection....”
About the Author
John Kessel is a Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus award winner and the author of Corrupting Dr. Nice, Good News From Outer Space, and The Pure Product. He teaches courses in science-fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. His criticism has appeared in Foundation, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age.
Top Customer Reviews
Pretension? Parasitism? Parody? Whatever, a gratifying objet to have on one's bookshelf. To read, not so much. Probably best to home in on an author one already has a feel for, in my case the recently discovered Carol Emshwiller, but I was also pleased to make the acquaintance of Terry Bisson and Eileen Gunn. The editors have a point, in their Secret History of Science Fiction, about ghettoisation; these authors (and Reed, not included here) had not previously disturbed my radar. Though maybe there's a reason for that
Three hits out of eighteen (Tamar Yellin I knew already) cannot pull this above OK, though Rudy Rucker at least reads Kafka in the original and has a probably valid point to make about it, and Jeffrey Ford is wittily meta. The Philip Roth, though, is distinctly ho-hum. (Imagine a similar piece of whimsy about Shakespeare. Literature? Hah.) How low is Roth's star set to sink? Is he even dead yet? Nope? Whoops! Neither fish nor fowl, neither fit to be taken seriously nor out-and-out escapism, these essays in 'literature lite' made me squirm