The Penal Colony

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Ward Six and Other Stories is a broad sample of Chekhov's narrative genius. The work has been viewed as a symbol for the bureaucratic quagmire of czarist and Stalinist Russia. It is also a universal comment on the person versus the state.Ward Six is a hauntingly symbolic depiction of the world of an insane asylum, an upside-down world where doctors ignore the sick, where hospital filth spreads infections. In The Duel, with its theme of moral degradation, two characters are locked in a confrontation and observers on the sidelines pass judgment. The essence of A Dull Story is the reflections of a man dying of old age. The Name-Day Party is the tale of a prominent professor who, despite his fame and success, is unable to emotionally connect with his wife and improve their troubled relationship.

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"Had one to name the artist who comes nearest to bearing the same kind of relation to our age that Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe bore to theirs, Kafka is the first one would think of. . . . Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man."

—W. H. Auden

"I cannot say what I admire more, the naturalistic presentation of an imaginary world, rendered believable through a minute precision of the images, or the daring turn to the mysterious."

—Andre Gide

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Kafka, Franz; Muir, Willa and Edwin (translator)
Editore: Schocken Books, New York U. S. A. (1975)
ISBN 10: 0805204180 ISBN 13: 9780805204186
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Descrizione libro Schocken Books, New York U. S. A., 1975. Softcover. Condizione libro: New. Marfree, acidfree later prtg; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours. ; 7.8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches; 317 pages; The work published by Kafka in his lifetime , January 17, 2007 \nBy Shalom Freedman "Shalom Freedman" (Jerusalem, Israel) - \nThis collection was edited by Kafka's great friend, the man who saved his writings from the flames, Max Brod. It contains the work which Kafka published in his lifetime, including 'Meditation' 'The Judgment' The Metamorphosis' ' The Country Doctor' ' In the Penal Colony' and three pieces of travel- writing. \nHad Brod obeyed his friend's instruction and burned his work, then this present collection would be what we have of Kafka. We would not have the Journals, the Letters to his Father, Milena, and others, the novels, The Castle, the Trial, most of Amerika. \nNonetheless even from what there is in this volume alone we can see that we are dealing with one of world Literature's great originals. The uncanny and mysterious character of Kafka's writing, those strange riffs of reasoning which take us to places in imagination we have never been before pervade this volume. \nTwo illustrations. First, the Bucket Rider a small story , a parable of the human soul in search of heat, and help meeting the cruelty of winter cold and the merciless human heart. The other, ' Metamorphosis' in which Kafkean self- contempt seems to find its most perfect embodiment, and in which we observe Gregor Samsa struggling to communicate with his family and the world to remain alive, only to be rejected in the end by those he loves and cares about. \nCamus said that Kafka is a writer that must be reread and reread if he is to be addressed properly. The element of parable in his writing is a major element in urging us to this rereading. In the famous 'Before the Law' and in the 'Imperial Messenger' we have two examples in which there is that improbable Kafkean combination of a special fate and chosenness combined with a cosmic impossibility and failure. \nI would have preferred to see introductions to each seperate piece here including details of the first publication of the work, and if possible of Kafka's considerations regarding each work. That is I would have preferred more extensive editorial work here. \nBut this lapse cannot detract from the remarkable power of these stories. Rereading them after quite a few years away from them I am again struck by how wholly different Kafka seems from any other writer. I don't think that even Borges could teach him how to better write his Parable. Codice libro della libreria 21501

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Franz Kafka, Willa Muir (Translator), Edwin Muir (Translator)
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Descrizione libro Schocken Books, 1974. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Copyright 1976. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0805204180

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