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Kafka

Author: R Crumb; David Zane Mairowitz
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself." Nothing could better express the essence of Franz Kafka, a man described by his friends as living behind a "glass wall." Kafka wrote in the tradition of the great Yiddish storytellers, whose stock-in-trade was bizarre fantasy tainted with hilarity and self-abasement. What he added to this tradition was an almost unbearably  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Caricatures and cartoons
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Crumb, R.
Kafka.
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2007
(OCoLC)608213168
Named Person: Franz Kafka; Franz Kafka; Franz Kafka; Franz Kafka; Franz Kafka
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Crumb; David Zane Mairowitz
ISBN: 9781560978060 1560978066
OCLC Number: 77257514
Description: 176 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz.
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"What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself." Nothing could better express the essence of Franz Kafka, a man described by his friends as living behind a "glass wall." Kafka wrote in the tradition of the great Yiddish storytellers, whose stock-in-trade was bizarre fantasy tainted with hilarity and self-abasement. What he added to this tradition was an almost unbearably expanded consciousness. Alienated from his roots, his family, his surroundings, and primarily from his own body, Kafka created a unique literary language in which to hide away, transforming himself into a cockroach, an ape, a dog, a mole or a circus artiste who starves himself to death in front of admiring crowds. David Zane Mairowitz's brilliant text and the illustrations and comic panels of the world's greatest cartoonist, Robert Crumb (himself no stranger to self-loathing and alienation), help us to understand the essence of Kafka and provide insight beyond the cliché "Kafkaesque," peering through Kafka's glass wall like no other book before it. The book is a wonderful educational tool for those unfamiliar with Kafka, including a brief but inclusive biography as well as the plots of many of his works, all illustrated by Crumb, making this newly designed edition a must-have for admirers of both Kafka and Crumb."--Back cover.

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