Kafka s stoic Euro-alienation meets and merges with Kuper s thoroughly American rock and roll alienation. Jules Feiffer
The ride from book to comic can be bumpy. Mr. Kuper navigates the transition with precision. New York Times
Kafka s anguished archetypal characters are easily rendered into visual equivalents and given new life in Kuper s raw, expressionistic graphic style. Publishers Weekly
Darkly appropriate . . . Kuper s work rivals that of Art Spiegelman. Chicago Sun-Times
Bubbling beneath the surface is a caustic batch of black humor that is as much unsettling as it is absurd. This is the magic of Kafka. And Kuper gives it a postmodern edge here, with an intriguing dance of picture and text. Gannett News Service
Kuper s scratchboard style . . . is reminiscent of the German expressionist artists . . . and his cartoony approach accentuates Kafka s dark humor. Booklist --Booklist
About the Author
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is one of the most influential fiction writers of the early 20th century; a novelist and writer of short stories whose works, only after his death, came to be regarded as one of the major achievements of 20th century literature. He was born to middle class German-speaking Jewish parents in Prague, Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic, in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The house in which he was born, on the Old Town Square next to Prague's Church of St Nicholas, today contains a permanent exhibition devoted to the author. Kafka's work-the novels The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926) and Amerika (1927), as well as short stories including The Metamorphosis (1915) and In the Penal Colony (1914)-is now collectively considered to be among the most original bodies of work in modern Western literature. Much of his work, unfinished at the time of his death, was published posthumously.