Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired By Franz Kafka by John KesselKafkaesque: Stories Inspired By Franz Kafka by John Kessel

Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired By Franz Kafka

EditorJohn Kessel, James Patrick Kelly

Paperback | November 11, 2011

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The tourist shops of Prague sell dozens of items commemorating Franz Kafka. You can drink a latte in the Cafe Kafka, add sugar to it from a packet with Kafka's face on it, and then light your cigarette from a box of Kafka matches. Franz Kafka died in obscurity in 1924, publishing only a handful of bizarre stories in little-known literary magazines. Yet today he persists in our collective imaginations. Even those who have never read any of Kafka's fiction describe their tribulations with the Department of Motor Vehicles as being Kafkaesque. Kafkaesque explores the fiction of generations of authors inspired by Kafka's work. These dystopic, comedic, and ironic tales include T. C. Boyle's roadside garage that is a never-ending trial, Philip Roth's alternate history in which Kafka immigrates to America to date his aunt, Jorge Luis Borges's labyrinthine public lottery that redefines reality, Carol Emshwiller's testimony by the first female to earn the right to call herself a 'man,' and Paul Di Filippo's unfamiliar Kafka-journalist by day, costumed crime-fighter by night. Also included is Kafka's classic story 'The Hunger Artist,' appearing both in a brand-new translation and in an illustrated version by legendary cartoonist R. Crumb ( Fritz the Cat ). Additionally, each author discusses Kafka's writing, its relevance, its personal influence, and Kafka's enduring legacy.
James Patrick Kelly is the Hugo, Nebula, and Italia awardwinning author of Burn, Think Like a Dinosaur, and Wildlife . He is a member of the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. He has co-edited a series of anthologies with John Kessel, described by the Encyclopedia of Science Fict...
Title:Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired By Franz KafkaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:283 pages, 9 × 6.31 × 0.77 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6.31 × 0.77 inPublished:November 11, 2011Publisher:Tachyon PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1616960493

ISBN - 13:9781616960490


Editorial Reviews

'All of the works collected in Kafkaesque prove both edifying and entertaining... . A fine, intelligent, and exquisitely bizarre collection of fiction.'- New York Journal of Books 'Eclectic, mind-blowing collection'- Publishers Weekly 'A delight to read... . [T]he extremely varied and entertaining stories [ Kafkaesque ] contains help clarify Kafka's literary legacy.'- Czechposition '... a surpassingly excellent anthology in its own right. An ideal introduction, as the stories capture the strangeness, wonder, despair, and humour which Kafka's work exemplifies.'- SF Site 'Grade: A.'- SciFi Magazine 'So very good... one of my favourite anthologies.'- BiblioBuffet 'A smart and provocative anthology... superb.'- Underwords 'It's an extremely rich and potent collection... .'- Functional Nerds