The Sons

The Sons

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`I have only one request, ` Kafka wrote to his publisher in 1913. `The Stoker, ' The Metamorphosis, ' and The Judgement' belong together, both inwardly and outwardly. There is an obvious connection among the three.` Also includes Letters to his Father.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 133 x 204 x 11mm | 180g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0805208860
  • 9780805208863
  • 262,604

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I have only one request,` Kafka wrote to his publisher Kurt Wolff in 1913. `'The Stoker, ' 'The Metamorphosis, ' and 'The Judgment' belong together, both inwardly and outwardly. There is an obvious connection among the three, and, even more important, a secret one, for which reason I would be reluctant to forego the chance of having them published together in a book, which might be called The Sons.`
Seventy-five years later, Kafka's request is-granted, in a volume including these three classic stories of filial revolt as well as his own poignant `Letter to His Father,` another `son story` located between fiction and autobiography. A devastating indictment of the modern family, The Sons represents Kafka's most concentrated literary achievement as well as the story of his own domestic tragedy.
Grouped together under this new title and in newly revised translations, these texts -- the like of which Kafka had never written before and (as he claimed at the end of his life) would never again equal -- take on fresh, compelling meaning.
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`The world of the officials and the world of the fathers are the same to Kafka. The similarity does not redound to this world's credit; it consists of dullness, decay, and dirt. Uncleanness is so much the attribute of officials that one could almost regard them as enormous parasites. In the same way the fathers in Kafka's strange families batten on their sons, lying on top of them like enormous parasites.`
--Walter Benjamin
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About Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was born in 1883 in Prague, where he lived most of his life. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories, including “The Metamorphosis,” “The Judgment,” and “The Stoker.” He died in 1924, before completing any of his full-length novels. At the end of his life, Kafka asked his lifelong friend and literary executor Max Brod to burn all his unpublished work. Brod overrode those wishes.
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