Investigations of a Dog: And Other Creatures

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5.1 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was one of the major fiction writers of the twentieth century. Among his most well known stories are "The Metamorphosis" and "In the Penal Colony," and his novels include The Trial and The Castle.
The poet Michael Hofmann has won numerous prizes for his German translations.


Of course I owe much to Kafka. I admire him, as I suppose all reasonable people do.--Jorge Luis Borges
Anything by Kafka is worth reading again, especially in the hands of such a gifted translator as Hofmann.
Hofmann's translation is invaluable--it achieves what translations are supposedly unable to do: it is at once 'loyal' and 'beautiful.'
Kafka spoke for millions in their new unease; a century after his birth, he seems the last holy writer and the supreme fabulist of modern man's cosmic predicament.--John Updike
This New Directions release of Investigations of a Dog provides an opportunity to reconsider many of Kafka's greatest stories in a new book, with beautiful cover design, and to reexamine how a brilliant mind performed under spiritually backbreaking circumstances.
Compare this to any previous translation, and you'll see, for a start, that there is no dilly-dallying with style; the prose is swift, direct and without obfuscation, as, one presumes, Kafka intended. He has cut through literary pretension to seek out the heart of Kafka's work--the very 'particles' of his writing, as they have been called. His translation shows Kafka as a modern writer whose work was beyond that of anything written at that time. Mr. Hofmann, in his many excellent translations from the German, always makes brave choices.--Lee Rourke"What Goes Into a Great Translation?" (06/07/2007)
Hofmann and Kafka...provide one with rich intellectual companionship.-- (06/21/2017)