Author(s): Franz Kafka
'He had almost forgotten he was in the uncertain hold of a ship moored to the coast of an unknown continent'Karl Rossmann has been banished by his parents to America, following a family scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the strange experiences that lie before him as he slowly makes his way into the interior of the great continent. Although Kafka's first novel can be read as a disturbing allegory of modern life in all its alienation, it is also a novel infused with blitheness and exuberance. 'It was Kafka who made me understand that one can write differently.' Gabriel García Márquez' His power resides in the state of the human soul he portrays.' Malcolm Bradbury, Sunday Times Translated with an Introduction by Michael Hofmann
No other voice has borne truer witness to the dark of our times -- George Steienr He is the greatest German writer of our time. Such poets as Rilke or such novelists as Thomas Mann are dwarfs or plaster saints in comparison to him -- Vladimir Nabokov It was Kafka who made me understand that one can write differently -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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.