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By Franz Kafka

Karl Rossman has been banished through his mom and dad to the USA, following a relatives scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the unusual stories that lie sooner than him as he slowly makes his means into the inner of the nice continent. even though Kafka's first novel (begun in 1911 and not finished), could be learn as a menacing allegory of contemporary lifestyles, it's also infused with a relatively un-Kafkaesque blitheness and sunniness, delivered to existence during this lyrical translation that returns to the unique manuscript of the e-book.

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But,’ said the man addressed as Jakob, taking a step backwards with a smile of near-disbelief. The captain too, the chief cashier, the ship’s officer, even the servant clearly displayed an excessive degree of surprise on hearing Karl’s name. Only the gentlemen from the port authority remained indifferent. ‘But,’ repeated Mr Jakob and rather stiffly walked up to Karl, ‘then I’m your Uncle Jakob, and you’re my dear nephew. Didn’t I know it all along,’ he said to the captain, before hugging and kissing Karl, who submitted quietly.

Have you been to see the captain? ’ ‘Ah leave off, forget it. I don’t want you here. You don’t listen to what I say, and then you start giving me advice. ’ And the stoker sat down again, exhausted, and buried his face in his hands. ‘But it’s the best advice I know,’ Karl said to himself. And it seemed to him that he would have done better to fetch his suitcase, instead of offering advice which was only ignored anyway. When his father had given the suitcase into his possession, he had mused in jest: I wonder how long you’ll manage to hang on to it for?

AMERIKA (THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED) FRANZ KAFKA was born of Jewish parents in Prague in 1883. The family spoke both Czech and German; Franz was sent to German-language schools and to the German University, from which he received his doctorate in law in 1906. He then worked for most of his life as a respected official of a state insurance company (first under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, then under the new Republic of Czechoslovakia). Literature, of which he said that he ‘consisted’, had to be pursued on the side.

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