Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka. Franz Kafka, Translated by Peter Wortsman. Published by Archipelago Books, 2016. First Edition. Card covers with French Flaps.12mo up to 7½” tall. 381 pages. Volume is new, unread.
In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka’s entire opus of short prose–including works published in the author’s brief lifetime, posthumously published stories, journals, and letters–for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague. It is the first volume in English to consider his deeply strange, resonantly humane letters and journal entries alongside his classic short fiction and lyrical vignettes “Transformed” is a vivid retranslation of one of Kafka’s signature stories, “Die Verwandlung,” commonly rendered in English as “The Metamorphosis.” Composed of short, black comic parables, fables, fairy tales, and reflections, Konundrums also includes classic stories like “In the Penal Colony,” Kafka’s prescient foreshadowing of the nightmare of the Twentieth Century. 002931 $15