What are Kafka's stories about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Things that happen every day? But where and when?
In this remarkable book, Roberto Calasso sets out not to dispel the mystery but to let it be illuminated by its own light. With his unique vision, imagination, and intellectual acumen, Calasso attempts to enter the flow, the tortuous movement, the physiology of the stories to discover what they are meant to signify and to delve into the most basic question: Who is K.?
The culmination of the author's lifelong fascination with Kafka, K. is a book of significant literary importance, the fourth part in a work in progress of which the previous volumes are The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, and Ka.
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"Extraordinarily rich... Remarkable" ( Financial Times)
"A product of great love and deep immersion" ( Observer)
"Finely expressed, thoughtful readings... what strikes one most is their justice and tact" ( Independent)
"Offers exceptional insights: Calasso's reading of Kafka's diaries is inspired" ( Scotland on Sunday)
"For those who aren't acquainted with Kafka, Calasso's book is a practical and exciting introduction. For those who are, it is an irresistible invitation to reread him and once more measure his greatness - this time with the sharp-eyed complicity of a brilliant investigator - Carlo Fruttero, Panorama"
From the internationally acclaimed author of Cadmus and Harmony and Ka: an utterly original, fascinating interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka that is simultaneously an unprecedented exploration into the mystery of Kafka himself.
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Book Description Vintage, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 336 pages. 7.80x5.08x0.83 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099464489