Amerika. Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir. Preface by Klaus Mann and Afterword by Max Brod.
by Kafka, Franz.
A Fine copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. Written between 1911 and 1914, Amerika incorporates many details of the experiences of Kafka's relatives who had emigrated to the United States. The commonly used title Amerika can be traced to the edition of the text put together by Max Brod, a close friend of Kafka's during the latter's lifetime, after Kafka's death in 1924. Amerika is more explicitly humorous but slightly more realistic (except in the last chapter) than most of Kafka's works, but it shares the same motifs of an oppressive and intangible system putting the protagonist repeatedly in bizarre situations. Specifically, within Amerika, a scorned individual often must plead his innocence in front of remote and mysterious figures of authority. However, it is often Karl who voluntarily submits to such treatment (helping a drunk Robinson at the hotel rather than having him thrown out, paying for Robinson's taxi, travelling to Delamarche's home, resigning himself to stay in imprisonment).
Edition: First Schocken Books edition
Book Id: 26765