- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; Reprint edition (August 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560978066
- ISBN-13: 978-1560978060
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kafka Paperback – August 20, 2013
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About the Author
Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics and arguably one of the most famous cartoonists in history. His books include The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.
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I read it while I was getting ready to perform in a play inspired by Kafka's life. I had read "The Trial" and "The Metamorphosis," like everyone else, but had only passing familiarity with most of Kafka's other work. I did know a bit about his life from a visit to Prague, but I was mostly clueless.
This book contains a fine biography of Kafka by R. Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz that also provides synopses of all Kafka's novels and major stories. It is, of course, illustrated by Crumb with his usual attention to detail, and it is a gorgeous book just to look at, even if you are not interested in the subject. But the text is excellent, giving a newcomer a complete introduction to Kafka in just 180 illustrated pages.
'Kafka' by R. Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz serves as an eloquently written bio of arguably the most important writer of the 20th century, complimented with gorgeous drawings by arguably the most important cartoonist of the 20th century.
Any student of Kafka and/or graphic art will love every page of this masterpiece
I don’t really have any complaints about this one. It is a straightforward, concise biography of Kafka with great illustrations. It hits all of the major points, including the thing that people most commonly misunderstand when they use the term "Kafkaesque". There is an extensive "for further reading" section for people who are interested in continuing to learn about Kafka, and the ending of this book wraps up the importance and continued relevance of his work quite nicely.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 because it was well-written and researched, without doing anything mind-blowing. A nice, fast read.