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آمريكا در ذهن بسياری از آدمها، سرزمين رويا و خيال است و يا سرزمين تحقق روياها. ذهن جوان آغشته به رويا و خيال است. اين جوان راهی آمريكا میشود تا به آرزوهای خود جامهی عمل بپوشاند. اما آنچه اتفاق میافتد آمريكای كافكاست، نه آن آمريكای خيالی، رويای خوش به كابوسی بدل میشود. ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published 2011 by ماهی (first published 1927)
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Anthony Scioscia In the fragments section of the book, when Karl is interviewing with the Theatre of Oklahoma, he goes by the name "negro." I believe it's fair to…moreIn the fragments section of the book, when Karl is interviewing with the Theatre of Oklahoma, he goes by the name "negro." I believe it's fair to assume Karl is caucasian even though Kafka doesn't explicitly say it. So considering the racial climate of the United States at the time the book was written and Karl's ignorance for being a white man and going by the name "negro" is funny in an unfortunate way (less)
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Nov 13, 2015 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 sucede en
Luís C.
America was the first novel written by Kafka and one of several unfinished ones. Written in 1910 and only published in 1927 after his death by his great friend Max Brod, he leaves many loose ends and many questions about the true fate that the author would have thought for his protagonist. Possibly, it is with this text that Kafka for the first time traces, what will be throughout his work, the body of his literature: the exploration of the inner universe of the human being, alienation and persecution, ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
688. Der Verschollene = Amerika = The Man Who Disappeared = The Missing Person = Lost in America, Franz Kafka
Amerika, also known as The Man Who Disappeared, The Missing Person and as Lost in America (German: Der Verschollene), is the incomplete first novel of author Franz Kafka (1883–1924), written between 1911 and 1914 and published posthumously in 1927.
آمریکا - فرانتس کافکا، انتشارات (هاشمی، ماهی) ادبیات، تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سوم ماه آوریل سال 2012 میلادی
عنوان: امریکا: مفقودالا
Violet wells
Often I opt to know as little as possible about the novels I read before starting them which includes not reading the back cover synopsis. So I didn’t know this was an unfinished novel when I started. I hadn’t read any Kafka since my teens when I can’t say he was ever a favourite of mine. My feeling about him was further sullied after reading his letters to Milena, a girl he neurotically and rather cruelly strung along who eventually was to die in the Nazi death camps. Those letters are fascinat ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
جایی که حسن نیت در کار نباشد، محال است بتوانی از خودت دفاع کنی

بنظرم آمریکا را می توان چکامه شادی کافکا نامید، آنهم در تقابل با کارهایی مثل مسخ و محاکمه و قصر که فضای پیچیده و تاریکی دارند. اما در این اثر، با همهی دردسرهایی که برای شخصیت اول داستان پیش می آید، میتوان روزنه امید و بهروزی را هم حس کرد... در صحنه هایی چنان هیجانی بود که ریتم "مرگ قسط
Vit Babenco
Jun 06, 2016 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 a chara/>As
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية لفرانز كافكا غير مكتملة في بعض فصولها, نشرها صديقه ماكس برود بعد وفاته
حكاية شاب ألماني صغير يهاجر لأمريكا, ويتنقل فيها من مكان لمكان ومن عمل لآخر
غريب في عالم واسع يتعرف على شخصيات مختلفة ويتورط في مشكلات كثيرة
وفي النهاية نتركه في القطار يسعى للوصول إلى مسرح أوكلاهوما في تجربة جديدة
يتتبع كافكا مصير الانسان في دروب ومتاهات الحياة بين الأمل والوهم
سرد جميل وسلس ومُثقل أحيانا بالتفاصيل والوصف
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 o/>Son
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.
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: ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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کاش این کتاب ناتمام نمیموند....
شخصیت کارل بشدت دوست داشتنی بود...حیف که نشد بفهمیم سرانجامش چی شد...
اخرین کتاب پائیز 97
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 paklen
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
Oct 07, 2014 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 no
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! My "first" Kafka....
Hossein Sharifi
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Franz Kafka
ژانر کتاب: رمان کوتاه و ادبیات تمثیلی یا همان الگوری
تمثیل یکی از صور خیال است و یکی از انواع تشبیه به حساب می آید. تمثيل حكايتي است در نثر يا نظم با دو معني : معني نخستين يا معني ظاهري و معني ثانويه . تمثيل يك داستان است در لغتنامه اصطلاحات ادبی کادن اینگونه تعریف شده است که، مي توان الگوری را در دو لايه يا سطح فهميد و خواند و در بعضي موارد حتي تا سه مفهوم را نيز در بردارد. قالب آن مي تواند ادبي يا تصويري باشد یا هر دوي آنها. منشأ تمثيل بسيار قديمي است و از آن براي اشكال گوناگون در بيان استفاده ميشود. د
Mar 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marco Rubio
Shelves: covers, own, 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 t
Sep 02, 2008 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
ατζινάβωτο φέγι.
'' 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
Mi Na
Apr 03, 2017 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.
Navid Taghavi
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

"اگر حسن نیت در کار نباشد، دفاع از خود شدنی نیست." آمریکا / کافکا
کارل نوجوان با اصرار خانواده راهی سرزمین فرصتها میشود. در ابتدا اوضاع خوب و مناسب به نظر میرسد اما طولی نمیکشد که روزهای سخت و اتفاقات ناگوار کارل فرا میرسد تا اینکه سرانجام در هتلی به عنوان آسانسورچی استخدام میشود. کارِ سنگین و استراحتِ ناکافی فراتر از توان جسمی کارل است. با اینحال کارل بابت ثبات پیشآمده پس از بلاتکلیفیهای پشت سر گذاشته، خوشنود است. خانم سرآشپز حامی کارل است و با وجود نه چندان زیادش، حضورش مایه دلگرمی کارل ا
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Le avventure di Pinocchio

America è un romanzo incompiuto del 1911 pubblicato postumo nel 1927.

Karl Rossmann è un sedicenne obbediente, serio, diligente che viene mandato in America dai genitori perché accusato di avere messo incinta una cameriera.

Il senso del romanzo inizia già qui. Questa è infatti la prima delle tre occasioni in cui sarà accusato ingiustamente di qualcosa che non ha commesso o di cui non ha colpa e per questo inevitabilmente scacciato. Troviamo qui un l
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kafka Amerikoje

Paskutinį kartą Kafką skaičiau mokykloje. ‘Metamorfozė’ gero įspūdžio man nepaliko - nesu didelė perdėm didelio absurdo gerbėja, o visa tai analizuoti iki negalėjimo irgi jokio malonumo nesuteikė. Ilgą laiką man apskritai Kafka buvo keiksmažodis ir jo vengiau, bet bukinistuose atradusi ‘Ameriką’ pagalvojau, kad bus kažkas naujo ir nusprendžiau pabandyti pažiūrėti į šitą autorių iš kitos pusės.

Oi kaip aš klydau manydama, kad šita kūrinys, kurio siužeto bent jau vienu sakiniu neįva
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was originally titled The Man Who Disappeared. The first chapter, The Stoker, was published as a short story and often included in the collection The Metamorphosis (see my review HERE) .

It opens with a description of a city, country and continent Kafka never saw:
"New York looked at Karl with the hundred thousand windows of its skyscrapers."
The ship, too, has windows (of course), but there are more references to them than one might expect in such a few pages.

Karl is only 16 and has been sent, alone, to escape the shame of being seduced by a"New
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
Rick Slane
I am not sure what is a spoiler and what is not, but before I read this I had a very wrong idea about it. This is the most humorous Kafka work. According to the intro he was doing his version of David Copperfield in a country he never visited but learned about in a biography of Benjamin Franklin. I have not read much James Thurber but that is the similarity that I found.

Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amerika transposes the episodic structure of the picaresque (in which the rogue-hero is strung from Event to Event, beholden only to the unfurling of plot) to the form of an anti-Bildungsroman—wherein our narrator, Karl, is not the seat of identity's formation or Spirit’s progress, but rather marches inexorably towards a dissolute subject: the “Man Who Disappeared”.

This disappearance is carried out through a series of transformations in status and class: from his commencement in the New World as a member of the undifferentiateanti-—wherein
Lorenzo Berardi
This novel is completely different from all the others Kafka's works. I mean, it's not kafkaesque, it's picaresque. Amerika has something of Dickens and it doesn't seem written by an european novelist.
Kafka has written about the myth of a new world seen like a land of false possibilities where a new Candide, the young Karl, is pushed and pulled away by circumstances.

It's a real pity that this novel is unfinished. I've loved the final and totally independent chapter about The Nature
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
به نظر من این کتاب یکی از زیباترین کتابهای کافکاست.محیط کتاب خیلی آشناست و مثل هر کتاب رمانتیک دیگه انگلیسیه و لی من میتونم به جرات بگم که این کتاب شبیه هیچ کتابی نیست.حتی به نظر من این کتاب حتی ناقص هم نیست و کاملا کامله و اون دو فصل نیمه کاره اگه نباشن خیلی بهتره.متاسفانه همه دوست دارن کافکا رو عبوس وجدی ببینن به همین خاطر این کتاب رو دست کم میگیرن.من هنوز نتونستم کتاب محاکمه رو با اون مجادله های بی پایانش تا آخر بخونم ولی این کتاب رو 4 بار خوندم.یه توصیه هم دارم ترجمه آقای عبدالهی از نشر مرکز ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Chad Post
Dec 30, 2012 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
Sách Chuyền Tay
Kafka đã từng nói: "Tôi do dự trước khi tôi ra đời".
Cá nhân tôi có do dự trước khi quyết định đọc tác phẩm này (sau khi đã đọc Hóa thân, Lâu đài và Vụ án) không? Câu trả lời là: Có!
Và sau khi đọc xong tác phẩm này, tôi muốn hỏi Kafka: Ông có do dự trước khi viết Nước Mỹ không?
Nước Mỹ hay Kẻ mất tích được giới thiệu ở bìa sau cuốn sách được thiết kế rất đẹp của Nhã Nam là: "...tiểu thuyết đầu tiên và hài hước nhất của Kafka"! Nhưng tôi chưa bao giờ thấy Kafka hài hước. Tôi cũng từng ng
Aug 13, 2016 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
Víctor Galán
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un extraordinario cuento del gran escritor checo que fue Kafka, de momento, lo mejor que he leído de él y lo mejor que he leído en años. Solo ocupa ocho páginas pero su ambigüedad, su hermetismo y sus poderosas imágenes, todo ello acompañado de un ritmo frenético, me han hecho gozar, sobrecogerme y a la vez admirar el enorme talento de este peculiar hombre, único en la historia. Un verdadero artista.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possible spoilers but the story is unfinished anyway.

The story is too incomplete to warrant a higher rating but the writing is good. Well, at the start anyway. This is the bildungsroman of a 17 year old Karl Rossmann, who is dispatched to Amerikafka by his parents. It is quite a departure in style from K.'s other novels, with more old fashioned storytelling, characterization and details. The first two chapters are so reminiscent of David Copperfield. It is Dickensian Kafka. Is that r
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ใครจะคิดวา depressed lord อยางคาฟคาจะเขียนcoming of ageออกมาไดอยางมีเลือดมีเนือเพียงนี วิธีทีตัวเอกวัยสิบหกอยางคารล รอสมันสembraceทุกสิงอยางทีมาปะทะในชีวิตระหวางอยู " อเมริคา" มันงดงามมากจริงๆ สวนตัวละครimmigrantsทุกตัวในเรืองนีคือเรารักทุกตัวเลยจริงๆ เปนนิยายทีรักอีกเรืองปีนี ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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دو بار کتاب را خوانده ام سالها پیش
البته بار اول نیمه تمام ماند حالا چیزی که از آن به یاد
دارم سفری کافکایی و تلخ است بر فراز دریا
به نظرم قصر بهترین کار کافکا هست و این کتاب
یکجور اوج فضاسازی قصر را دارد که
دیگر دسترسی ناپذیر شده است.... البته نویسنده را گریزی
نیست و کسی که میپرد به اوج میرسد اما برای خواننده ای
مثل من کمی درک این اوج
سخت است و خوب یکی با رمانی مانند قصر ارتباط
برقرار میکند ولی با کار دیگری از همان نویسنده نه.... فکر کنم این کتاب جز
کارهای متاخر کافکا و نیمه تمام هم هست
Nikolai Stavrogin
ცხადია, ვარსკვალები არაფერს ცვლის და წყვეტს, მაგრამ ყოველთვის, როცა კაფკას რომელიმე ნაწარმოებს წავიკითხავ, თუნდაც ნახევარი გვერდი იყოს, მინდა ჩამოვუყვე ყველა სხვა ავტორის წიგნებს და თითო ვარსკვლავი ჩამოვაკლო.
Scarlet Cameo
IDK...ningún cuento me llego especialmente ni me fascino, simplemente fueron pasando, me gustaron pero hasta ahí.
تنبيه : المراجعة دي تحتوي على حرق لأحداث الرواية في أكتر من موضع.

بعد فترة طويلة من رغبتي في القراءة له تم لقائي الأول بالروائي الألماني فرانز كافكا، بدأت بآخر أعماله "أمريكا" واللي توصف بإنها أكثر أعماله تفاؤلا و أقلها سوداوية.

في الحقيقة طول فترة القراءة اللي أمتدت أسبوع و زيادة مكنتش قادر أتخلص من فكرتي المسبقة عن كافكا في إنه شخص قاتم النفس و قلمه قاتم زيه، الفكرة اللي كونتها من مقالات و مراجعات كتيرة قريتها عنه و عن أعماله خاصة روايته الأشهر "التحول".

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Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Κυριαρχεί το παράδοξο και το παράλογο όπως και σε όλα τα έργα του Κάφκα. Όλα φαίνεται να κυλούν φυσιολογικά τη στιγμή που οι καταστάσεις αγγίζουν τα όρια του παραλογισμού, με αρκετά μεγάλες δόσεις ειρωνείας που σε κάνουν να μη θέλεις να σταματήσεις το διάβασμα. Κυριαρχεί η αίσθηση της μοναξιάς και της απομόνωσης όπως και στη Δίκη και τον Πύργο αλλά σε μία πιο αισιόδοξη και χαρούμενη εκδοχή. Με σκηνές που θυμίζουν άλλες φορές όνειρο και άλλες εφιάλτη ο ήρωας έρχεται αντιμέτωπος με συνεχόμενα εμπό ...more
Shaimaa Ali
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
صبي أوروبي يذهب إلى أمريكا .. فكيف يعامله العالم الجديد .. الغرباء وحتى الأقارب ؟
أعتقد أن صفات عديدة من كتابات كافكا تبدو في هذه الرواية الأولى من كتاباته.. العبث الشديد والأحداث اللا منطقية -وان كانت هنا أهدأقليلاً - ولكن فيها تشابه مع بقية أعماله .. القصر والمحاكمة وغيرها .. علاقته شديدة الارتباك بأهله ، تخلي عمه عنه وما إلى ذلك ..
هل كان يجب أن تُفقد أوراقه؟ لشدّ ما أردت قراءة الفصل الأخير والذي تتوقف عنده الرواية فلا نعرف مصير صغيرنا "كارل" وهل ستتحسن أحواله أم ماذا كما عقّب صديقه ماكس برود
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
نیلوفر رحمانیان
Astonishing. Loved this book more than other works of dearest Kafka. Every sign was so well organized and I felt, for the first time, that I could actually undestand what Kafka meant. Im sure that this book is one of the books i will never ever forget. So original. So genius. Im full of admiration.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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