Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Amerika Karl Rossman has been banished by his parents to America, following a family scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the strange experiences that lie before him as he slowly makes his way into the interior of the great continent. This novel can be read as an allegory of modern life. Full description

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"That the Statue of Liberty holds a sword instead of a torch and that a bridge connects New York City and Boston unsettle the reading by placing an essentially realist novel close to the realm of fantasy. Hofmann's slick, sleek translation does a wonderful job of keeping those competing forces in balance."

This new translation is more successful in conveying ... a sense of Kafka's unfinished work. -- Veronika Tuckerova

achieves what translations are supposedly unable

wonderful job of keeping those competing forces in balance.

Anything by Kafka is worth reading again, especially in the hands of such a gifted translator as Hofmann.

[Hofmann's] new translation is more successful in conveying ... a sense of Kafka's unfinished work.--Veronika Tuckerova

One can hardly fail to welcome Michael Hofmann's more accurate English text.

Hofmann's translation is invaluable....It achieves what translations are supposedly unable to do: it is at once 'loyal' and 'beautiful.'--John Zilcosky

Hofmann's slick, sleek translation does a wonderful job of keeping those competing forces in balance.

Unpredictable and funny, as close to a Buster Keaton comedy as you can get.--Jim Krusoe

A stirring, singular work, now restored to its original beauty.--John Ashbery

Michael Hofmann s magnificent new translation restores its rightful place as one of Kafka s most delightful and most memorable works.--Charles Simic"

Hofmann s ability to overcome the obstacles presented by this particular work from Kafka marks this as the best translation."

Michael Hofmann's magnificent new translation restores its rightful place as one of Kafka's most delightful and most memorable works.--Charles Simic

Of all the recent re-translations of Kafka into English, this volume is the most noteworthy. It achieves what translations are supposedly unable to do; it is at once 'loyal' and 'beautiful'--beautifully disorienting, beautifully confusing, beautifully cruel.--John Zilcosky

Hofmann's ability to overcome the obstacles presented by this particular work from Kafka marks this as the best translation.

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'Perhaps the most interesting writer of his generation-A strange and disconcerting genius' Edwin Muir

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