Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (A Very Short Introductions Series)

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (A Very Short Introductions Series)

by Ritchie Robertson


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Franz Kafka is among the most intriguing and influential writers of the last century. During his lifetime he worked as a civil servant and published only a handful of short stories, the best known being The Transformation. His other three novels, published after his death, helped to found his reputation as a uniquely perceptive interpreter of the twentieth century.

Discussing both Kafka's crisis-ridden life and the subtleties of his art, Ritchie Robertson provides an intriguing and accessible look at the life of this fascinating author. Using Metamorphosis as a recurring example, Robertson shows how Kafka's work explores such characteristically modern themes as the place of the body in culture, the power of institutions over people, and the possibility of religion after Nietzsche had proclaimed "the death of God."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192804556
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 759,286
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ritchie Robertson is a Professor of German at Oxford University and a Fellow of St John's College.

Table of Contents

1. Life and Myth
2. Reading Kafka
3. Bodies
4. Institutions
5. The Last Things
References and Further Reading

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