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Kafka (Graphic Guides)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,279 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Part illustrated biography, part comics adaptation, R. Crumb's Kafka is a vibrant biography that examines this Czech writer and his works in a way that a bland texbook never could! R. Crumb's Kafka goes far beyond being explication or popularization or survey. It's a work of art in its own right, a very rare example of what happens when one very idiosyncratic artist absorb ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 25th 2005 by ibooks (first published 1990)
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Huda Yahya
Apr 24, 2014 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
Apr 26, 2016 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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Suad Shamma
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Mohammed Samih
Feb 28, 2016 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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David Schaafsma
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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miaaa
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dina Khalil
Jul 03, 2016 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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Lynn
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.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Great introduction to Kafka with pictures by R. Crumb! Can't think of a better combination!
Christiane Alsop
Excellent in every respect. Never read a graphic biography before. This has me hooked and wanting more, more, more.
Louise
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, man-writer
Je ne garde pas un très bon souvenir de La Métamorphose et du Procès, le symbolisme de Kafka m'était impénétrable à 13 ans... Mais à l'orée de mes trente ans, l'atmosphère cauchemardesque de ces deux classiques m'interroge assez pour que j'aie envie de m'y replonger, en espérant qu'un peu plus de maturité m'aidera à apprécier le propos.
Voici une biographie inclassable, qui mêle textes d'analyse sur l'homme Kafka, résumés en bandes dessinées des oeuvres et illustrations-comme-des-gravures d'anecd
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Jimmy
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Garrett
I bought this book primarily because of Robert Crumb, whom I revere as one of the greatest counter-culture illustrators ever. The commentary in the book is interesting, but ultimately forgettable and pedestrian. It's clear that Mairowitz is trying to be a little edgy in his synopsis of Kafka's work, but the discussion of his work, most of which with I am not well-acquainted, was not particularly insightful.

Still, I am glad I have this in my collection now. The Crumb illustrations are great. They
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Apoorva
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great intro! Finished it in less than half an hour, came out significantly well informed.
Jonathon
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Lars Guthrie
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Benjamin Zapata
Sep 13, 2009 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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anna
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pokud patříte k těm, které Franz Kafka fascinuje, či jen máte rádi jeho tvorbu, je tahle komiksová kniha skvělou cestou, jak si Kafkův život i jeho dílo připomenout a zároveň se dozvědět i něco o kontextu doby, v níž Kafka žil a tvořil. Dozvíme se zde taky například o Kafkových fóbiích, o jeho špatném vztahu s otcem - tento strach mimochodem skrytě provází snad všechna jeho díla, o jeho vztazích-nevztazích se ženami či o jeho "posedlosti" představování si vlastní smrti.
A ilustrace Roberta Crumba
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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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Offuscatio
Jun 21, 2013 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 24, 2015 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 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 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
"You got Crumb in my Kafka!"
"You got Kafka in my Crumb!"
Finally, two grim tastes that taste grim together.
Michael Scott
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
To do:
++/-- A fair biography of Franz Kafka, even if too short and not very deep. The authors link Kafka's masterwork with his life through evocative drawings, but this approach is incomplete also because much of Kafka's work was burnt by either his relatives (following his will) or by Gestapo (chasing all Jewish books).
++/- The afterword addresses well several important points, such as the treatment of Kafka by the (evolving) Communist regime in Czechoslovakia, and the raft of more or less aca
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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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