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The Burrow And Other Stories Paperback – 20 March 2017

3.7 out of 5 stars 30 ratings
ISBN-13: 978-0141395609 ISBN-10: 0141395605 Edition: 1st

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A superb translation... alerts us to the strangeness of Kafka's world - often funnier or happier than we give it credit for - without using the word "Kafkaesque", which should be retired as it now means little more than "frustratingly bureaucratic". Kafka's world is richer, and more rewarding than that. (Nick Lezard Guardian)

Kafka's posthumously published short fiction cry out for a critical exegesis... newly translated by Michael Hofmann, the stories collected in The Burrow mingle dark comedy with a proto-surrealist intent to unsettle...excellent new translations (Ian Thomson New Statesman)

Hofmann, with his taste for mischief, makes Kafka, often translated in a buttoned-up key, a writer capable of blending old-fashioned literary parlance and contemporary media-speak... the modern touches also emphasise the timelessness of Kafka's themes, the horror of institutions being just one of them. (Anna Aslanyan Financial Times)

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A superb new translation by Michael Hofmann of some of Kafka's most frightening, strange and visionary short fiction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Minor Kafka. But still streets ahead of most other authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A small insight into Kafka.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection of dark stories and snippets.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Possibly of interest to those doing research on Kafka. Less so for those more generally appreciative of his writing
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent new translation of a master
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