Is That Kafka?: 99 Finds

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$27.95  $25.99
New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.7 X 1.3 X 8.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

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."
Kurt Beals is associate professor of German at Washington University in St. Louis. His previous translations include works by Jenny Erpenbeck, Reiner Stach, Regina Ullmann, and Anja Utler.


A Kafka bag full of surprises.
This collection, original and entertaining, is a masterful, exciting mix of diligent research and sophisticated literary gossip.
Each turn Stach makes adds nuance to his skillfully collaged portrait of Kafka.
It is fitting that such a tricksy little maze of a book would bloom from the life of Kafka, whose work operates better in smaller spaces.
A beautiful display of unexpected wonders and curiosities, each one glittering with light from a source that will never be understood.--Jeffrey Zuckerman
A playful new book from Reiner Stach, one that pulls together 99 facts and observations from the Czech author's life, all with the purpose of clearing the brush of falsehoods about the man that linger in the public imagination.--Jonathon Sturgeon
A mishmash of ephemera, curiosities and confessionals, the finds range from the banal to the deeply personal, yet collectively paint as engaging and illustrative a portrait of the artist as any I've read.--Pasha Malla
Reiner Stach has curated a collection of artifacts from the author's life in his latest book, "Is that Kafka? 99 Finds." The book, translated from the German by Kurt Beals, is a crowd-pleasing encore to Stach's monumental three-volume biography of the writer. Along with minimal commentary, he submits ninety-nine numbered exhibition items--documents, photographs, objects, scribbles, and doodles--for our consideration. The result is a box of fancy Austro-Hungarian chocolates...--Avi Steinberg
"Is that Kafka?" indirectly contributes to an on going scholarly project, in Europe and America, to revisit many of the assumptions about the writer and his work, in effect, to move beyond the myths and clichés.--Michael Dirda