The Cambridge Companion to Kafka (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
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The Cambridge Companion to Kafka (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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This Companion of specially-commissioned essays offers a comprehensive account of his life and work, providing a rounded contemporary appraisal of Central Europe's most distinctive Modernist. Contributions cover all the key texts, and discuss Kafka's writing in a variety of critical contexts such as feminism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and Jewish studies. The...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 16th 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2002)
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Well most of this book consists of literary essays where the authors, out of sheer brilliance of insight, reach a series of conclusions which all prove the exact same thing: that proposition A and it's polar opposite, proposition B, are paradoxically both true, at the same time, in x text. The really, really brilliant writers go one step further and demonstrate that the fact proposition A is true paradoxically makes its polar opposite, proposition B, also true. Not sure why this became the litmu...more
A few very interesting and persuasive essays, but overall a bit too heavy and academic for a relatively casual reader like me.
Fourteen chapters by different authors on various aspects of Kafka's life and work. Some very esoteric; others more broadly interesting.

See my Kafka-related bookshelf for other works by and about Kafka (
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