By Franz Kafka
Newly restored to the unique textual content: for this new translation, Hofmann back to Kafka’s manuscripts, restoring concerns of substance and element, or even the book’s unique ending.
Michael Hofmann's startlingly visceral and instant translation revives Kafka's nice comedy, and captures a brand new Kafka, unfastened from Prague and free within the new global, a Kafka shot via with gentle during this hugely charged and drastically nuanced translation. Kafka started the 1st of his 3 novels in 1911, yet just like the others, Amerika remained unfinished, and maybe, as Klaus Mann advised, "necessarily endless." Karl Rossman, the younger hero of the unconventional, "a bad boy of seventeen," has been banished by way of his mom and dad to the United States, following a scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into experience after misadventure, and reviews multiply as he makes his means into the center of the rustic, to the good Nature Theater of Oklahoma. In developing this new translation, Hofmann, as he explains in his creation, lower back to the manuscript model of the ebook, restoring concerns of substance and element. Fragments that have by no means ahead of been awarded in English at the moment are reinstated together with the book's unique "ending."
The San Francisco Chronicle acknowledged Hofmann’s “sleek translation does an excellent activity” and The big apple Times concurred: “Anything via Kafka is worthy analyzing back, particularly within the palms of any such talented translator as Hofmann.”
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Extra info for Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared (New Restored Text Translation)
She added, not really expecting an answer. The other girls, who had stopped their work to listen, all laughed. They for their part carried on and reached a door that had a little pediment above it, supported on little gilded caryatids. For something on a ship, it looked distinctly lavish. Karl realized he had never been to this part of the ship, which had probably been reserved for the use of first and second class passengers during the crossing, but now the separating doors had been thrown open prior to the great ship’s cleaning.
He is the author of several books of poems and a book of criticism, Behind the Lines, and the translator of many modern and contemporary authors, including Joseph Roth, Wolfgang Koeppen, Durs Grünein and Thomas Bernhard. Penguin publish his translation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Other Stories and Ernst Jünger’s World War I memoir, Storm of Steel. He edited the anthology Twentieth-Century German Poetry, published in 2006. com This translation and Introduction first published as The Man who Disappeared (Amerika) 1996 Published in Penguin Books under the current title 2007 2 Translation and Introduction copyright © Michael Hofmann, 1996 All rights reserved The moral right of the translator has been asserted Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser EISBN : 978–0–141–91131–1 CONTENTS Introduction Bibliography Amerika (The Man Who Disappeared) INTRODUCTION Der Verschollene (The Man Who Disappeared), is the Cinderella among Kafka’s three novels: the earliest begun and earliest abandoned; the last to achieve posthumous publication (as Amerika), edited by Max Brod, in 1927; the least read, the least written about and the least ‘Kafka’.
The man who has presented himself to you as your uncle is the state councillor Edward Jakob. You now have a glittering career ahead of you, which you surely cannot have expected. ’ ‘That’s correct,’ said the captain expectantly. ’ ‘Gentlemen, I ask you,’ cried the state councillor, returning from his restorative visit to the window, with reference to Karl’s explanation. Everyone, with the exception of the port officials, burst out laughing, some as though moved, others more inscrutably. But what I said wasn’t so foolish, thought Karl.