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Der Verschollene

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Published (first published 1927)
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Nov 13, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jorge Luis Borges afirmaba que los personajes de Kafka eran “Profesionales de la derrota.” En cierto modo, podemos asegurar eso cuando encuadramos a tres personajes tan particulares como K. de "El Castillo", Joseph K. de "El Proceso" y Karl Rossman, protagonista de "América" en ese rótulo, todo confirma que este genio nunca se equivocaba y en cierta medida, los podemos ver como personajes alter ego con características autobiográficas del mismo Kafka.
Pero hay algo esperanzador en América que no
Franco  Santos

Esta es la quinta obra de Kafka que leo (aunque es mi primera novela). Me gustó mucho. Se me hizo bastante pesada en algunas partes, pero la historia me parece brillante; una muestra más de la agudeza de este hombre con baja autoestima.

Son varios los temas que desfilan en este libro. Los siguientes son los que más destacan, en mi opinión:

▪ Kafka juega con sutiliza con los matices sociales, los títulos que nos damos por lo que empleamos y la significación relativa que nos otorgamos como una es
Oct 01, 2016 Pantelis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Der Verschollene, The Lost... Kafka' s Bildungsroman, Kafka' s "Candide", a novel about losing your innocence again and again, bit by bit, until you lose it completely, until you are completely lost, and the only way to claim your innocence back is to join the Oklahoma Theater, to board that final train... This is not an unfinished novel...
Nandakishore Varma
I loved this first novel by Kafka, much more sunny and easier to read than his others (even though the chapter on Brunelda is pretty frightening). This is incomplete - but does not matter much as Kafka's stories are dreamlike and disjointed anyway.

Kafka never visited America. I was thinking today that whatever is happening in America nowadays is much weirder and more surreal than any of his novels.
Jul 02, 2015 Tijana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reprize
Ne znam, možda da napravim policu "knjige koje me nisu ubile, a baš su se potrudile"?
Ne radi se o tome da Kafka nije dobar, naprotiv, previše je dobar u onome što pokušava, a to je da vas (mene) natera da se grčite od transfera blama, da vas (mene) glavom nadole uroni u depresivnu epizodu, da ubije životnu radost u vama (meni). Da, znam da je on sam smatrao kako je zapravo humorista. Dobro, važi. Da, jeste pisac neverovatno bizarne mašte, zapletenih tokova misli, upečatljivo groznih paklenih viz
Nicholas Karpuk
I had difficulties not feeling like a tool while reading Kafka at work on my breaks. A guy with a beard and thick rimmed glasses read Amerika, just makes me feel like a parody of myself.

Kafka is one of those authors young men latch on to in high school or college and inevitably talk way too much about. I can definitely see the appeal with the themes of alienation and a system that works against the well-meaning individual. But there's something I realized while reading this book:

Kafka would have
'' Ειναι δυσκολο να υπερασπισεις τον εαυτο σου οταν δεν υπαρχει καλη θεληση'' μονολογει ο νεαρος και απειρος Καρλ Ροσμαν οταν θα συνειδητοποιησει οτι ο κοσμος ειναι αδικος και σκληρος. Ωστοσο γεματος νεανικη ορμη και ησυχη συνειδηση δε μοιαζει να απογοητευεται απο τις δυσκολιες που προβαλλουν στον δρομο του. Διαφορα μικρα περιστατικα θα τον στιγματισουν απο τη στιγμη που θα φτασει στην Αμερικη συναντωντας καθε λογης ανθρωπους και με συγκινητικη και αφελη απλοτητα θα φτασει ως την καθαρση αναζητω ...more
Vit Babenco
Jun 06, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Franz Kafka just watches, he doesn’t comment…
“As the seventeen-year-old Karl Rossmann, who had been sent to America by his unfortunate parents because a maid had seduced him and had a child by him, sailed slowly into New York harbour, he suddenly saw the Statue of Liberty, which had already been in view for some time, as though in an intenser sunlight. The sword in her hand seemed only just to have been raised aloft, and the unchained winds blew about her form.”
And Karl Rossmann encounters many
Cover of the first edition of 'Der Heizer' ('The Stoker')
Publisher's Note
Translator's Preface & Notes

--Amerika: The Missing Person

Brunelda's Departure
At a street corner Karl saw ...
They traveled for two days ...

A Note on the Type
Sep 02, 2008 Chak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: angst-ridden hipsters who aren't worth the trouble to punch
Recommended to Chak by: my husband... THANKS!
Shelves: fiction
Life is too short. Don't walk - RUN - away from this book. Masochist that I am, I got more than two-thirds through the book and finally could not stand it anymore. Amerika is about this 16 year old boy named Karl who gets exiled to America by his German parents after impregnating a household servant. Just as he was bewildered and passive during the aforementioned fornication (the maid overtly seduced him), Karl remained so for the rest of the book (at least what I read). Repeatedly, and without ...more
Chad Post
Dec 30, 2012 Chad Post rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple years ago, some trickster posted the first page of David Foster Wallace's INFINITE JEST to a Yahoo group looking for advice about "his" new novel. Not surprisingly, the um, yahoos, didn't recognize the source text and populated the message board with all sorts of terrible advice about the lack of action and the fact that he "knows what to do--just dump it and start over!"

Obviously, this provided a shitton of laughs for the literati, for those who respect DFW's writing and know that the
Mar 18, 2010 Lobstergirl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marco Rubio
Shelves: own, covers, fiction

Well my friend Chak says to run from this book - she recommends it for "angst-ridden hipsters who aren't worth the trouble to punch" - which doesn't describe me - I like to think I am worth the trouble to punch. But I saw it in the store with this adorable Edward Gorey cover (totally uncredited) and knew it would be mine all mine. It smells like an old mausoleum but that's what I get for buying a book from the Eisenhower era.


Wow. Weird, weird, weird. I liked the first third of Amerika quite
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
My copy has a Preface written by one Klaus Mann in August 1940. It describes Franz Kafka's life, his very sad life. He had poor health, worked in a gloomy office, never made enough money and with a solitary romance that was "doomed to dreary frustration." He never enjoyed any spectacular success as an author. His works became famous only after he died. Drats.

AMERIKA was supposed to be Kafka's light, funny and optimistic novel. It tells the story of Karl Rossman, a poor boy of sixteen who had bee
Oct 07, 2014 Vipassana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book over a year ago but decided against reading it once I realised that it was 'unfinished' and I didn't want that for my first Kafka. In retrospect it seems so foolish, but I cannot deny the fact that I'm glad I hadn't read it then because I wasn't filled with the sufficient amount of despair towards the life I lead, to throughly feel this book, to find closure in it's incompleteness.

One is easily horrified by the rare and exceptional abominations of the world, but not by everyda
Sonia M
Apr 27, 2016 Sonia M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ο Καρλ Ρόσμαν φτάνει στη "χώρα των ευκαιριών" αλλά για να επιβιώσεις εκεί χρειάζεσαι είτε να έχεις γερό πορτοφόλι από πριν είτε κάποιον προστάτη. Κι ενώ αρχικά τον προστατεύει ο πλούσιος θείος του με αντάλλαγμα να του καθορίζει τη ζωή, μια πράξη του που φαίνεται σαν ανυπακοή στα μάτια του θείου, γίνεται αιτία να βγει στο δρόμο. Μπορεί να βρει κύκλο για υποστήριξη; Μόνο τυχοδιώκτες. Μπορεί να βρει δουλειά; Μόνο αν δεχτεί να γίνει σκλάβος με την υπόσχεση ν' ανέβει κοινωνικά κάποια στιγμή στο μέλλο ...more
May 30, 2008 Cecily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter (The Stoker, was published as a short story and is included in The Metamorphosis. The usual themes of alienation/rejection, aspiring to please/fit in, being bemused in unfamiliar territory are there, but it is generally more optimistic and realistic than his other novels, though the final chapter (about the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma) is much more surreal, and doesn't really seem to "fit" with the rest of the novel.

See my Kafka-related
Aug 13, 2016 Gypsy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
انتظار داشتم ازش خوشم بیاد. ولی خیلی تکخطی بود. حقیقتاً کافکا یهجور ملالانگیزی مینویسه. شاید هم برای من اینطور بود. ولی دغدغهشو دوست داشتم. درگیری و گرههاش خوب درومده بودن. کاش هیجان بیشتری داشت یا اینقد تکخطی نبود روایتش. هیچکششی برای تمومکردنش نداشتم. دیالوگها بخش اعظم روشنگری داستان بودن که گمونم اگه نویسنده هنرشو توشون نمیذاشت، دیگه چیزی از داستان باقی نمیموند. در واقع داستان مدیون دیالوگنویسی، شخصیتپردازی و درونمایهشه. وگرنه طوری نیست که بگم داستان تکنیکیای هست. اینایی که چار و پنج دادن، بگ ...more
Maryana Pinchuk
There's perverse pleasure in watching a genius fail. If you love Kafka, read this to know why: watch as his beautiful existential vignettes die horribly the moment they are bolted onto a conventional plot. Marvel at how trite the themes of contemporary fiction are when they're no longer contemporary. Cheer (okay, maybe not cheer...) to know the man tortured himself to do better than this sophomoric attempt at a first novel. And, if you're a way more persistent reader than I, maybe actually finis ...more
Dec 13, 2016 Dimitris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Passages of pure genius, I can't understand why he would not finish it, why he wanted it burnt... But an unfinished Kafka "draft" is better written that any other author's overpolished final piece.
Mi Na
Apr 03, 2017 Mi Na rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
امریکا(مفقودالاثر) ترجمه علی اصغر حداد نشرماهی
مفقودالاثر واریاسیونی است از یک طرح کلی منسجم متشکل از اغوا، خطا، بازخواست و محکومیت. شخصیتهای این رمان عبارتند از کارل روسمن و در کنار او شخصیتی پدرسالار و سلطه جو و زنانی اغواگر. هر یک از اپیزودهای رمان تاییدی است بر یک خطا که در مفقودالاثر هم مانند محاکمه یا حکم وقوع آن مسلم و انکارناپذیر است.
Aygul A.
daha oxumadighim bir sheyin qalmadi, deyesen, Kafka))))) tezeden doghul, lutfen
Feb 29, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, literature, kafka
" Often he was amazed that the others were so reconciled to their present lot, that they did not feel its provisional character, nor even realized the need to come to a decision about their future occupations, and in spite of Karl's example read nothing at all except tattered and filthy copies of detective stories which were passed from bed to bed."
How do you assess an unfinished novel, written by someone, no less, who asked his literary executor to burn all of his works after he died? With gr
Dec 07, 2012 RK-ique rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reading Kafka can be very frustrating. His central characters are always indecisive, easily swayed and somewhat naïve. In The Trial, The Castle and The Metamorphosis, this can be excused somewhat by the lack of context for the character. They simply cannot get enough control of the situation to be able to make a firm decision. In Amerika, however, Karl Rossman seems incapable of learning from experience and making a firm decision. Even when he seems to make a good decision, he eventually gives i ...more
Nov 17, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, owned-books
Διαδραματιζόμενο στην Αμερική στις αρχές του 20ου αιώνα, τότε που η χώρα αυτή φάνταζε ως η γη των αστείρευτων ευκαιριών, το ιδανικό μέρος για ένα καινούριο ξεκίνημα. Για τον νεαρό Καρλ Ρόσμαν, το ξεκίνημα αυτό θα χαρακτηριστεί αρχικά από μία αναπάντεχη και ευνοϊκή συνάντηση για να εμπλουτιστεί στη συνέχεια με απογοητεύσεις, εμπόδια, δυσκολίες και ατυχίες. Μέσα στη θολά προσδιορισμένη ατμόσφαιρα της Νέας Υόρκης, γνωρίζουμε τον πρωταγωνιστή, τον ακολουθούμε στην πορεία που χαράζει, συμπάσχουμε και ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Kain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يأتي هذا العمل من رغبة كافكا في الاختفاء، والذي ينمسخ في آخر الأمر إلى حضورٍ أكثر من المتوقع.

لسرد كافكا نبرة صلاتية اعترافية خاشعة، بكل السخرية اللاذعة التي تنطوي عليها.
MJ Nicholls
Mar 25, 2016 MJ Nicholls marked it as half-read  ·  review of another edition
Finished “appreciating” Kafka. Laters, Franz.
Oct 06, 2016 Shane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That this was Kafka’s first work is painfully obvious: pompous, complex sentences that do not fit with the pioneer setting of early 20th century America, dialogue resembling speeches, constant back-peddling explanations for character actions or motivations, and an intrusive narrator who tries to fill in what the author is unable to show his readers. Most authors ride this road to maturity. Of course, Kafka’s benefactor Max Brod put this all down to surrealism and genius and the rest of the world ...more
Mar 26, 2017 Korkodus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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TAGLINE - "So then you’re free?; Yes, I’m free, said Karl, and nothing seemed more worthless than his freedom."

Young Kafka novel - not yet fully unfolding the genius
Some say it's a funny novel ... I can't bring myself to see the comic in it ... maybe because I am reading it after The Trial, The Castle ... It's sadness just screams at me. A high pitched, desperate sound like one coming from a seagull on a winter day.

Despite its immaturity, there's an indubitable promise of its genius: the double
Jul 04, 2012 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's something I've noticed about pre 1900 European adolescent protagonists (Karl, anyone in Dickens, Jude The Obscure) that I just fucking loathe.

Partly it's the total lack of agency, any random sketchbag who floats across their transom holds them completely in thrall. Delamarche and Robinson start out by making Karl sell his own clothes (he's has a prepaid train ticket to San Fran to look for work and has a pocket full of money, but instead he takes their advice to sell the clothes off his
Andrea Poulain
Jun 03, 2015 Andrea Poulain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Si quieren valorar este libro por lo que es tienen que tomar en cuenta las siguientes cosas:

1. Es un libro inacabado y publicado póstumamente. Sí, hay algo que parece un final, pero hay un salto extraño hasta él, no parece justificado y lo único que te hace pensar es que Kafka está en drogas.

2. Kafka nunca visitó América. Y tampoco le importó no retratar a una América fiel, lo que se nota desde la primera página. Hay incongruencias por aquí y por allá, pe
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Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

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