- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: I Books (November 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743493443
- ISBN-13: 978-0743493444
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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R. Crumb's Kafka Paperback – November 30, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Tom Hendricks is a ULA member. He has probably never met Robert Crumb, but might want to. I'd like to meet Robert Crumb.
What is it? : Franz Kafka's biography with text by David Mairowitz, and illustrations by celebrated underground comic artist Robert Crumb.
Technical Quality: High. Book is a well made, 175 page, trade paperback. Note the somewhat chilling cover with an orange Prague cityscape drawing , with a green insert of Kafka writing.
Innovative Quality: High. The book uses the graphic novel approach to tell the life story of the troubled but brilliant Franz Kafka. Crumb illustrates the main biographical events and portions from some of Kafka's most celebrated works.
Review: Three parts come together to make this a memorable and notable read: Franz Kafka's life and works, Robert Crumb's illustrations on every page, and an informative biographical text by David Zane Mairowitz.
Mairowitz writes: "Before ever becoming the ADJECTIVE (Kafkaesque) Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a Jew from Prague, born into its inescapable tradition of story-tellers and fantasists, ghetto-dwellers and eternal refugees. His Prague, "a little mother' with 'claws' was a place that suffocated him, but where he nonetheless chose to live all but the last eight months of his life."
That well sums up a lot of the main threads of Kafka's life too. He was a Jew in a country that more and more hated and persecuted the Jews. He had an oppressive and abusive father that, like Prague, he could never escape.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book- very engaging- would recommend to anyone interested in an easy to understand synopsis of Kafka's life and psyche. The illustrations are of course amazing as well. Read morePublished 23 months ago by peter
Item came quickly, well wrapped and in perfect condition. What more could I want? Thanks!Published on December 26, 2007 by J. Lynham
Having recently returned from a few days in Prague, I was impressed with both the artwork and the serious history of this book. Read morePublished on September 16, 2007 by Peter W. Kalnin
A fine collaboration with Robert Crumb and David Z. Mairowitz. This opus reveals two things about Crumb: Crumb's attempt to vent his childhood Hell with his own father and a depth... Read morePublished on August 4, 2006 by Bruce McConnell