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Published: 04 May 2012

256 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199601127

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The Man Who Disappeared

Franz Kafka
Translated and Edited by Ritchie Robertson

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new translation of Kafka's first novel, a biting and blackly humorous satire on a richly imagined America which gives fresh meaning to the term 'Kafkaesque'.
  • Ritchie Robertson's translation is both faithful to Kafka's style and highly readable.
  • The only edition to provide a full introduction and explanatory notes. The introduction explains why Kafka set the novel in America, a country he had never visited, what his sources of information were, how he distorts his fictional America for satirical purposes, and it brings out the novel's humour. The notes incorporate the most recent Kafka scholarship to elucidate difficult parts of the text.
  • A Biographical Preface provides an account of Kafka's life against the context of his time.
  • Up-to-date bibliography and chronology of the author.

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