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Kafka

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"What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in
common with myself." Nothing could better express the essence of Franz
Kafka, a man described by his friends as living behind a "glass wall."
Kafka wrote in the tradition of the great Yiddish storytellers, whose
stock-in-trade was bizarre fantasy tainted with hilarity and
self-abasement. What he added to thi
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Fantagraphics (first published 1990)
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Huda Yahya
Apr 24, 2016 Huda Yahya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

كافكا أقل إبهارًا من بروست
وأقل ابتكارًا للأفكار من جويس
لكن رؤيته أشدّ قسوة، أشدّ ألمًا، وأكثر كونيّة من غيرها
هذه النزعة الكونية لدى كافكا سببها أنه يبدأ من المطلق دائمًا. من أماكن غير مسمّاة
أغلب شخوصه تسير دون وصف، وأماكنه كذلك، تبدو ذابلة ومهدّدة، وتظهر وكأنها في كابوس
جيمس جويس وپروست ينطلقان من التفاصيل إلى المطلق
وكافكا ينطلق من المطلق إلى التفاصيل. وهذا ما يعطي قارئه انطباعًا يشعره بأن شيئًا خارقًا للعادة يحدث، ولكنّنا لا نتمكن من تحديد ماهية هذا الشيء

جيرمي آلدر&جوزيف إپستين

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ahmed Eid
Jun 30, 2016 ahmed Eid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kafka
ألسنا نحن، الكائنات البشرية، مثيرون للشفقة إلى درجة السخرية الهزلية ؟!


الكتاب جيّد في المجمل بالرغم من انحدار مستوي الترجمة لكن حمدًا لله قرأت الكثير عن كافكا ..

الكاتب هنا يستعرض جانبًا كبيرًا من حياة كافكا بدءًا من طفولته المؤلمة

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و يحكي عن قصة المسخ

" يستيقظ جريجور سامسا ذات صباح بعد أحلام مزعجة ، ليجد نفسه قد تحول في فراشِه إلي حشرة هائلة الحجم" أشهر أفتتاحية رواية فى تاريخ الآدب الحديث"
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ثم قصته العظيمة الحكم

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و يمر علي المحاكمة

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ثم يمر علي القلعة و أمريكا و قصتين في منتهي الجمال فنان الجوع و في مس
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Mohammed Samih
Mar 16, 2016 Mohammed Samih rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always pleased and happy to know more about you my dear Kafka.
Although Kafka could be my favorite writer of all time, I never gave a book or a novel of his A full five stars. I still can't figure out why?
Why always there is something between him and I that makes me feel so close to him but yet so angry and disturbed at him, What kind of magic he has that makes me lose control of my emotions and flounder as A raging sea ? Reading a book for Kafka is like going on a ride to discover more thin
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Suad Shamma
May 23, 2015 Suad Shamma rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2015
I have a confession to make...I've never read a Kafka book.

I know, it's shocking. So why am I even reading this graphic biography of the man? The main reason I picked this up is because of how beautiful it was. Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz have done a fantastic job putting together a history of Kafka by giving us pages of beautifully illustrated material.

Of course I know who Franz Kafka is, and I've heard a lot about him. I know his books, I know what he's written, and I even know som
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David Schaafsma
Nov 02, 2014 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-bio
This is kind of a straightforward, get-to-the-heart-of-him sort of literary/critical biography about the relationship between Kafka's life and writing, which is kind of a typical literary way to write a biography. And like most graphic biographies, it's way shorter than any other kind of biography, so is necessarily kind of trying to provide enough detail about his life to satisfy your biographical need (what was he really like?!) without being too pithy and reductive. Kafka himself wouldn't hav ...more
Leah
The mythos (and thousands of volumes of accompanying thought) surrounding Franz Kafka’s oeuvre can make him an intimidating and overwhelming author for the uninitiated. As a testament to the formative nature of his works (within the realm of modern literature), his surname has entered the contemporary lexicon – Kafkaesque - to denote byzantine bureaucracy. And yet -- despite the attention and consideration heaped upon The Trial, The Metamorphosis, etc. -- Kafka is ultimately an accessible writer ...more
شاب فقري
ترجمة رديئة جدا ودون المستوي
ولكن فى وسط كل هذا أجد أكثر ما أكرهه عند الحديث عن كاتب وهوا تلخيص أعماله
أكره تلخيص رواية كاملة فى سطرين
أحب أن يكون الكتاب عن الكاتب وحياته الشخصية وكيف نشأ دون أن تتدخل كالأحمق فى كل سطر محاولا أن تحكي أحدي رواياته

أسعدني قراءة بعض السطور والآراء لكافكا وسط كل هذا الحشو
الكتاب بسيط ولا يأخذ منك وقت فى القراءة
الرسوم كانت مسلية لكنها كانت عامل تشتيت أثناء القراءة
إستمتعت برسائل كافكا إلي النساء وبتلك الشخصية المعقدة وأفكار الروايات والقصص القصيرة التي يخبرك من أين
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Abdullah
Mar 04, 2010 Abdullah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع يستعرض فيه المؤلف حياة الكاتب النمساوي كافكا بشكل مختصر ويسرد للقارىء بماذا كان يفكر كافكا وكيف كانت حياته وماذا كان يكتب ويجول في خاطره. الجميل في الكتاب هو وجود الرسومات التوضيحية لكثير من الأشياء التي تطرق إليها المؤلف. فعندما يتحدث بإيجاز عن إحدى مؤلفات كافكا, فهناك رسوم مرافقة توضح لك القصة على هيئة "رسوم مصورة" بشكل جذاب وجميل. الكتاب رائع لمن يريد الإستزادة عن كافكا والغوص في أفكاره تمهيداً لقراءة كتبه ورواياته. وأعتبرها بداية جيدة بالنسبة لي لأني أمتلك كتابه الشهير "المسخ" بالل ...more
Dina Khalil
Jul 09, 2016 Dina Khalil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من الممتع أن تقرأ عن الأدب وليس الأدب نفسه ، اي عن تقرأ عن الأديب لا ان تقرأ رواياته، هكذا تراه أكثر وضوحا وقربا . ذلك انطباعي عن هذا الكتاب الذي تميز بأسلوب سلس جذبني لقراءته وانهاءه في مدة يسيرة ؛ مع تحفظي الشدييييد على مستوى الترجمة للكتاب.
تستطيع القول أن غرابة أفكار كافكا في رواياته نابعة من أمرين أثرا على حياته وشخصيته بدرجة كبيرة. أولها : والده وطريقته السلطوية في التربية والتي أدت إلى أن يشعر كافكا فيما بعد لاحتقار ذاته . ثانيهما : كونه يهوديا في مجتمع شرق أوروبي يكره اليهود ويحملهم خطاي
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miaaa
Mar 04, 2010 miaaa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: amang, dyka, roos
Recommended to miaaa by: Ronny
This is one of few books that I found extremely difficult to be reviewed. I am dumbfounded, speechless even mesmerised as if I found a bucket of gold at the end of a rainbow.

A treasure indeed, something that worth enough as the dishes you eat the air you breath and the soil you step on. I embrace it as a lifeline rope being hurled by Crumb and Mairowitz in the middle of confusion how to understand the complicity of the disturbed artist.

I could not recalled him other than an artist. K maybe an
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Sarah
Aug 23, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Jon Curtiss
I especially appreciate all the digs at literary critics who are quick to declare things "Kafkaesque" and at the general tendency of lit crits to narrowly classify works. This tendency is partly responsible for reducing Kafka to a commodity and a tourist destination rather than an author for people to read, interpret, and enjoy on their own. While Kafka is certainly not the only author to suffer this fate, his is probably one of the most extreme forms of authorial commercialization. Faulkner als ...more
Lynn
Mar 23, 2010 Lynn rated it really liked it
I read this because my book club is going to read The Trial. I found this interesting, though the pictures are somewhat creepy. It was very informative, but not very in-depth. A good overview of Kafka's life.
Christiane Alsop
Oct 24, 2011 Christiane Alsop rated it it was amazing
Excellent in every respect. Never read a graphic biography before. This has me hooked and wanting more, more, more.
Phil Huff
One of my fellow teachers mentioned that R. Crumb had illustrated a graphic novel about the life and works of Franz Kafka. "This is like some unspeakably hideous Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ad" I thought to myself. Two creepy tastes that, do indeed, go great together. My students have been reading Kafka's "Metamorphasis", and so I picked this up to see if the section on that story could helpfully illuminate it for any of my strugglers. Yes, it could, and it did...but I was unprepared for how engro ...more
Jimmy
Nov 05, 2012 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
In his diaries, Kafka imagined his demise in many creative ways. For example, razor thin slices of him cut off with a butcher knife. Or being dragged with a noose around his neck.

I believe Max Brod may have had it right when he claimed Kafka's works were part of an elaborate search for an unreachable god. Especially with the inaccessibility of higher authority in The Trial and The Castle.

He was born and lived in Prague all but the last 8 months of his life. He called the city "a little mother"
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Lars Guthrie
Jan 11, 2008 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing
Who would have thought the creator of Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat would turn into such an excellent literary historian? Although I believe Crumb was doing his profiles of Blues artists from the beginning, no? Done with the collaboration of David Zane Mairowitz's readable and comprehensive text (the editors might have picked a better font to match up to Crumb's lettering and drawing), this work made me think about even more than connecting back to Kafka's oeuvre. Of course, that would be the pl ...more
liz
Jan 20, 2008 liz rated it it was amazing
Mairowitz writes and R. Crumb illustrates this fantastic biography of Kafka. Synopses of his major works are interspersed chronologically with his biography, really driving home how Kafka's feelings of alienation and inadequacy shaped his fiction. The ending is weak and seems oddly agenda-driven (in a way that has nothing to do with Kafka); but other than that the analysis is excellent. I'm so glad I own this.

Kafka did not want the insect to be seen. Concerning the cover of the first edition [of
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Jonathon
Dec 25, 2012 Jonathon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for Christmas and started reading it immediately. It is pretty interesting weaving Jewish Czech history with a semi-biography of Kafka and his Jewish upbringing. I don't know how relevant Judaism is to Kafka considering he thought "What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself." Ironically, the book points to the aforementioned quote by Kafka; accusing him of being a "self hating Jew". I don't know if Kafka was trying to distance hi ...more
Benjamin Zapata
Oct 02, 2011 Benjamin Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful and brilliant introduction to the life and work of Franz Kafka by David Mairowitz and with awesome illustrations by the legendary Robert Crumb. In less the 200 pages it awoke my appetite to read all the wonderful writing of Kafka,and to get into a more profuond and complete book about the life of this genius of world literature. The man who wrote the most famous first sentence in modern literature: "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning after disturbing dreams,he found himself transforme ...more
Malbadeen
I wish goodreads had the cover I have because it is BEAUTIFUL! Black and gray and tan with White and orange lettering and matte. So, so perfectly matte. mmmmmm

The book itself: well the illustrations were, of course, great. but I was disappointed with the content of the book which is a bummer because, as Sarah pointed out when I was on the sidewalk fondling this new purchase "[I] do love a graphic biography". It felt like it was over way too fast and the extended amounts of time spent on Kafka's
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Evan
So far this is pretty damned informative, and of course, Crumb captures the essence of the subject. Superb.

OK, nearly done with this. A good primer to Kafka's life, world and art. Not only covers the topic in a non-pretentious way, but takes some good ribbing at the snobs who succeed in making Kafka no fun. Crumb's imagery is hypnotic. Highly recommended.

I have a newer 2007 edition of this with a better cover: Kafka as drawn by Crumb sitting alone writing at a desk with KAFKA spelled in big whit
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Vir L Humphrey
Aug 25, 2015 Vir L Humphrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agosto-2015
A decir verdad, yo ni siquiera sabía de la existencia de este libro, pero hace un par de meses estuve en un café-librería y lo vi, y entonces quise comprarlo como recuerdo de ese día. El año pasado, en Bachiller, tuve que leer La metamorfosis, y me "enamoró" todo lo que había detrás de esa obra; por decirlo de alguna manera, me "enamoré" de Kafka (y me identifiqué con él en bastantes cosas, dicho sea de paso). Entonces me dije a mí misma que quería saber más de él. El tiempo pasó y olvidé esa pe ...more
Offuscatio
Jun 25, 2013 Offuscatio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ernst Fischer declaró: "Tenemos que ponernos al día con ciertas cosas. Kafka es un escritor que nos concierne a todos", y esta novela gráfica me pareció un excelente punto de partida. Ahora me toca leer sus relatos.
Bigsna
Mar 25, 2015 Bigsna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a very interesting book for anyone who has read and appreciates Kafka's writings. I for one seem to have gone in reverse order and will pick up one of his books to mark a beginning soon.
Greg
Jan 08, 2014 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
A good clear and simply explained outline of Kafka's life and strange stories. Illustrated throughout by Robert Crumb, who deserve 5 stars as well. Crumb's style is an inspired choice that suits the subject.
Josh
May 20, 2010 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You got Crumb in my Kafka!"
"You got Kafka in my Crumb!"
Finally, two grim tastes that taste grim together.
Annabelle Jessica
This is an amazing biography of Franz Kafka, using a graphic novel style of writing. I have only read Metamorphosis and The Trial by Kafka awhile ago. I thought they were confusing and gory and didn't like them much. But now, knowing about Kafka's life and everything he went through, they make so much more sense. I will definitely have to re read them. This book is also great because it takes his most popular stories, and analyzes them, so that you have an understanding of how they connect to Ka ...more
Nick
May 20, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it
I didn't know squat about Franz Kafka before. Kafka was just a name Hipsters batted around at parties in college (like one of the satirical drawings in the book). After reading Kafka, however, I now feel I can grasp some of this strange, complicated, brilliant, sad man's ideas and essence. Kafka presents Kafka in biographical form, in a very loosely-structured and sometimes unfocused way, with short illustrated plot overviews of Kafka's works throughout. Mairowitz and Crumb do an excellent job o ...more
Rachel Jackson
Apr 01, 2014 Rachel Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis years ago for school and was blindsided by the strange aura and sensation the story produced, from the bizarre transformation of Gregor Samsa into a bug to the macabre disdain with which his family treated him. That was my first introduction to Kafka, and I keep saying I should try reading him again. I found David Zane Mairowitz's Introducing Kafka on my dad's bookshelves today and decided to look through it, worrying at first that it would be too esoteric ...more
Victoria
David Zane Mairowitz thinks Kafka's writing has insufficient Jewish content, so too much of the text here talks about the Jewish situation in Prague in Kafka's time and adduces a lot of highly questionable and possibly discriminatory ideas about Jewish psychology (really? all of them with the same psychology?) such as self-loathing. Although the cover extracts Kafka's comment, "What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself," and it appears in the text t ...more
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Mairowitz is a writer who studied English Literature and Philosophy at Hunter College, New York, and Drama at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the author of the plays "The Law Circus" (1969 and "Flash Gordon and the Angels" (1971). Other works include "BAMN: Outlaw Manifestos and Ephemera 1965-70," "The Radical Soap Opera: Roots of Failure in the American Left," "Kafka for Beginners" a
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