A Cage Went in Search of a Bird: Ten Kafkaesque Stories

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About the Author
With contributions from: Naomi Alderman, Elif Batuman, Joshua Cohen, Charlie Kaufman, Yiyun Li, Tommy Orange, Helen Oyeyemi, Keith Ridgway, Leone Ross, and Ali Smith.

The authors in this book have won prizes including The Women's Prize for Fiction, the American Book Award, an Academy Award, multiple BAFTAs and the Writers Guild of America Award; and they have been shortlisted for prizes including the Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. From countries including China, the USA, Ireland and the UK, and living now in cities around the globe from Prague to New York City, the authors represent how far-reaching Kafka's influence is across the world.
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"A Kafkaesque frisson can be felt in [this] wide-ranging Catapult anthology." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Surreal, dark, often hilarious, and not unworthy of a volume dedicated to the memory of Franz Kafka." --Michael Washburn, National Review

"A Cage Went in Search of a Bird meets me in this insatiable desire for the Kafkaesque. The cage is the page that obliges his paradoxical ghosts." --Alina Ştefănescu, Electric Literature

"Mind-bending and consistently enjoyable . . . A Cage Went in Search of a Bird is a roller coaster ride that will delight the adventuresome reader . . . It's easy to imagine Kafka paging through these varied and deeply imagined tales and nodding in admiration." --Harvey Freedenberg, BookPage

"Marking the hundredth anniversary of Franz Kafka's death, the 10 absurd tales in this multiauthored collection aspire to be Kafkaesque." --Booklist

"Inspired . . . These stories will do the trick for the Kafka curious and diehard fans alike." --Publishers Weekly

"A boon for Kafkaheads everywhere." --John H. Maher, The Millions

"Franz Kafka died in June 1924, at the age of forty, but his fables of absurd transformation, macabre punishments, and human venality are alive and well . . . [The authors] offer narratives of baffling circumscriptions, illnesses, miscommunications, and technologies. But the stories also make space for potentiality, with characters witnessing change or glimpsing future possibilities--putting Kafka's turn-of-the-century disillusionment into conversation with our own." --Poets & Writers