Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories

Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories

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Overview

Award-winning graphic novelist Peter Kuper presents a mesmerizing interpretation of fourteen iconic Kafka short stories.

Long fascinated with the work of Franz Kafka, Peter Kuper began illustrating his stories in 1988. Initially drawn to the master’s dark humor, Kuper adapted the stories over the years to plumb their deeper truths. Kuper’s style deliberately evokes Lynd Ward and Frans Masereel, contemporaries of Kafka whose wordless novels captured much of the same claustrophobia and mania as Kafka’s tales. Working from new translations of the classic texts, Kuper has reimagined these iconic stories for the twenty-first century, using setting and perspective to comment on contemporary issues like civil rights and homelessness.

Longtime lovers of Kafka will appreciate Kuper’s innovative interpretations, while Kafka novices will discover a haunting introduction to some of the great writer’s most beguiling stories, including "A Hunger Artist," "In The Penal Colony," and "The Burrow." Kafkaesque stands somewhere between adaptation and wholly original creation, going beyond a simple illustration of Kafka’s words to become a stunning work of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393635621
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 369,022
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peter Kuper contributes cartoons to The New Yorker and illustrated MAD magazine’s Spy vs. Spy. His graphic novels include an adaptation of Heart of Darkness and the Eisner Award– winning Ruins. He lives in New York City.

Peter Kuper contributes cartoons to The New Yorker and illustrated MAD magazine’s Spy vs. Spy. His graphic novels include an adaptation of Heart of Darkness and the Eisner Award– winning Ruins. He lives in New York City.

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. His major novels includeThe Trial,The Castle, andAmerika.

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