Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Best Franz Kafka Books

'"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin"—Kafka, The Metamorphosis. This is one of the most famous opening lines in all of world literature, but how "Kafkaesque" was Franz Kafka? What are our misconceptions about his life and work? Professor Stanley Corngold, one of the most influential Kafka scholars, introduces us to an "athlete of anguish".'

Interview by Charles J. Styles at Five Books.

"But if, as it is said, history is a just judge of last resort, then the fame—better, genius—of Kafka’s writings does, indeed, constitute his justification."

See Kafka, "The Metamorphosis", in Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 60.

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