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    DescriptionFranz Kafka was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. His writing contributed greatly to existentialism, and the term "Kafkaesque" is now synonymous with the literature of the surreal, the complex, and the illogical. His works sustained themes of violence, family conflict, bizarre and all-powerful bureaucracies, and fantastical transformations. However, in Kafka, Angry Poet, Pascale Casanova looks past the customary analyses of Kafka's work and dives deep into his mind, examining his motives rather than the results. She bravely asks the question, "What if Kafka were the most radical of social critics? What if he had actually attempted to pull the wool over our eyes with narratives that are, in fact, subtly deceptive?" The hypothesis she develops is that Kafka began with an awareness of the tragic fate of the German-speaking Jews of early twentieth-century Prague and was subsequently led to reflect on other forms of power, such as male dominance and colonial oppression. The stories produced as a result were traps for the unwary, throwing the reader off the scent with the use of unreliable and even deceitful narrators. Curiously, says Casanova, it is not in literature that one finds the answers to these questions but in German ethnology, a field which, as an intellectual of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Kafka knew well. Through her detailed research, Casanova shows us a combative Kafka who is at once ethnologist and investigator, unstintingly denouncing all forms of domination with the kind of tireless rage that was his hallmark. In so doing, she sheds light on the deep-seated reasons for Kafka's anger.


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    Title
    Kafka, Angry Poet
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pascale Casanova, Translated by Chris Turner
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 250 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 667 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780857421623
    ISBN 10: 085742162X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ACG
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    LC classification: PN
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 2ACG
    DC23: 833.912
    Thema V1.0: DSK, DSBH
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2ACG
    Publisher
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Publication date
    10 October 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Greenford
    Author Information
    Pascale Casanova is visiting professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University and an associate researcher at the Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage, Paris. Chris Turner is a writer and translator who lives in Birmingham, England.
    Review quote
    "Fascinating, contentious." (John Banville, New York Review of Books)"