The Lost Writings

Franz Kafka (Author) Reiner Stach (Editor)
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Unearthed by the master Kafka biographer and scholar Reiner Stach and translated by the peerless Michael Hofmann, this small collection comes as a prize and a joy. Some stories are several pages long; some run about a page; a handful are only a few lines long. Of the seventy-four pieces gathered here, the sixty-one texts gathered in Part One have been lost to English until now, and all are marvels. Even the most fragmentary texts are revelations. These pieces are drawn from two large volumes of the S. Fischer Verlag edition Nachgelassene Schriften und Fragmente (totaling some 1100 pages). As Stach comments in his afterword: "Franz Kafka is the master of the literary fragment. In no other European author does the proportion of completed and published works loom quite so...small in the overall mass of his papers, which consist largely of broken-off beginnings."

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
October 06, 2020

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About the Author

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. His major novels include The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika
Reiner Stach, born in 1951 in Saxony, is the author of the definitive biography of Kafka. The first two volumes, published by Princeton University Press, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly ("superb"), Library Journal ("a monumental accomplishment"), Kirkus ("essential"), and Booklist ("masterful"). "I can't say enough about the liveliness and richness of Stach's book," Michael Dirda exclaimed in The Washington Post. "Every page feels excited, dynamic, utterly alive."
The poet Michael Hofmann has won numerous prizes for his German translations.


I think of a Kafka story as a perfect work of literary art, as approachable as it is strange, and as strange as it is approachable.--Michael Hofmann
Kafka is the greatest German writer of our time. Such poets as Rilke or such novelists as Thomas Mann are dwarfs or plaster saints in comparison to him.--Vladimir Nabokov