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Kafka's Selected Stories (Norton Critical Editions) [Paperback]

Franz Kafka , Stanley Corngold
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August 15, 2006 0393924793 978-0393924794

In 1945, W. H. Auden remarked that Kafka stands in the same relation to his century as Shakespeare does to his—Kafka is the representative of the twentieth century, the poet who gives it its voice.

This Norton Critical Edition is based on new translations by leading Kafka scholar and translator Stanley Corngold. Thirty stories are included, accompanied by detailed annotations. "Backgrounds and Contexts" offers a glimpse of Kafka’s creative process through extracts from his letters, diaries, and conversations. "Criticism" collects ten essays on the major stories by Stanley Corngold, Danielle Allen, Walter Hinderer, Walter Sokel, Nicola Gess, Vivian Liska, Benno Wagner, John A. Hargraves, and Gerhard Kurz. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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About the Author

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. Several of his story collections were published in his lifetime and his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, were published posthumously by his editor Max Brod.

Stanley Corngold is a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His highly acclaimed translations include Kafka's Selected Stories. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Product Details

  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393924793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393924794
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Caution December 17, 2006
This is a terrific collection of Kafka's stories followed by fine critical essays on a number of them. One caveat: Contrary to the implication in the previous reviewer's comments, this edition does NOT contain the famous long story "Metamorphosis." Had there been a "Search Inside!" option, we would have known that Norton did not "select" this great work to be among the "selected stories."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars H January 3, 2014
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As others have pointed out, this collection omits "The Metamorphosis," but it does contain a good selection of the other major stories, including "In the Penal Colony," "The Hunter Gracchus," and "Building the Great Wall of China" ("The Great Wall of China" in earlier versions). "The Metamorphosis" has it's own Norton edition. I found the background material - especially the diary entries and selections from Kafka's letters - helpful in understanding this unusual writer.

Also helpful is the editor's "Preface to understanding of Kafka" that provides essential information on Kafka's place as a German-speaking Jew in the Czech region of the late Austro-Hungarian empire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Metamorphosis November 30, 2013
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No Metamorphosis - seriously? I hope the Norton team who decided omission this all turn into cockroaches. Kafka would agree.
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