Investigations of a Dog: And Other Creatures

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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.65 pounds

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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.
The award-winning translator Michael Hofmann has also translated works by Jenny Erpenbeck, Gert Hofmann, Franz Kafka, Heinrich von Kleist, and Joseph Roth for New Directions.


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)