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By Franz Kafka

'...behind all of them was once big apple, taking a look at Karl with the hundred thousand home windows of its skyscrapers'

coming into ny harbour, the younger immigrant Karl Rossmann sees the Statue of Liberty, 'her arm with the sword stretched upward'. This forbidding creation units the tone for Kafka's narrative approximately an blameless eu off beam in an cutting-edge the USA that's either a myth and an item of social satire. Expelled via his family members after seduction by way of a maidservant, Karl unearths in the USA a chain of surrogate households, yet he keeps to get into undeserved hassle and is compelled to maneuver on
once back. alongside the way in which Karl encounters extremes of wealth and poverty, stories the cruelty of the yank paintings ethic, and has glimpses of the felony underworld, with out wasting the fundamental goodness and resourcefulness that permit him to outlive the dangers of the recent World.

jam-packed with incident, and blackly funny, Kafka's first novel portrays American civilization with horrified fascination. This variation keeps Kafka's specified kind in a delicate and traditional new translation, including a penetrating advent and notes.

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