Amerika

Amerika He took his hand away from his chin and waved it feebly as though to indicate at one and the same time the remoteness of Europe and the insignificance of whatever plans might have been made there Am

  • Title: Amerika
  • Author: Franz Kafka Bill Bragg James Lasdun Michael Hofmann
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Hardcover
  • He took his hand away from his chin, and waved it feebly, as though to indicate at one and the same time the remoteness of Europe and the insignificance of whatever plans might have been made there Amerika was the rst of Kafka s novels, but the last to be published A picaresque and idiosyncratic romp, it follows the adventures of Karl Rossmann, sent away from home aft He took his hand away from his chin, and waved it feebly, as though to indicate at one and the same time the remoteness of Europe and the insignificance of whatever plans might have been made there Amerika was the rst of Kafka s novels, but the last to be published A picaresque and idiosyncratic romp, it follows the adventures of Karl Rossmann, sent away from home after getting a maid pregnant, as he leaves Europe and travels across America Kafka himself never visited America, and the novel contains many charming idiosyncrasies San Francisco is situated on the east coast, and a bridge connects New York with Boston Part social satire, part coming of age novel, Amerika is lighter in tone than the rest of Kafka s ction, and owes a debt to a writer he hugely admired Charles Dickens In his introduction, James Lasdun provides a fascinating exploration of two writers who shared an instinctive sympathy with the downtrodden an abiding interest in the effect of large, impersonal forces on small, vulnerable human beings Their differences however, he says, are equally revealing In Dickens, the source of cruelty is largely social and therefore amenable to correction In Kafka, it is intrinsic to human existence This edition is illustrated by Bill Bragg and translated by Michael Hofmann Of all the modernist writers, he is the one most easy to understand His power resides in the state of the human soul he portrays Malcolm Bradbury

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    1. Jorge Luis Borges afirmaba que los personajes de Kafka eran “Profesionales de la derrota.” En cierto modo, podemos asegurar eso cuando encuadramos a tres personajes tan particulares como K. de "El Castillo", Joseph K. de "El Proceso" y Karl Rossman, protagonista de "América" en ese rótulo, todo confirma que este genio nunca se equivocaba y en cierta medida, los podemos ver como personajes alter ego con características autobiográficas del mismo Kafka. Pero hay algo esperanzador en Améric [...]

    2. Often I opt to know as little as possible about the novels I read before starting them which includes not reading the back cover synopsis. So I didn’t know this was an unfinished novel when I started. I hadn’t read any Kafka since my teens when I can’t say he was ever a favourite of mine. My feeling about him was further sullied after reading his letters to Milena, a girl he neurotically and rather cruelly strung along who eventually was to die in the Nazi death camps. Those letters are fa [...]

    3. Franz Kafka just watches, he doesn’t comment…As the seventeen-year-old Karl Rossmann, who had been sent to America by his unfortunate parents because a maid had seduced him and had a child by him, sailed slowly into New York harbour, he suddenly saw the Statue of Liberty, which had already been in view for some time, as though in an intenser sunlight. The sword in her hand seemed only just to have been raised aloft, and the unchained winds blew about her form.And Karl Rossmann encounters man [...]

    4. جایی که حسن نیت در کار نباشد، محال است بتوانی از خودت دفاع کنیبنظرم آمریکا را می توان چکامه شادی کافکا نامید، آنهم در تقابل با کارهایی مثل مسخ و محاکمه و قصر که فضای پیچیده و تاریکی دارند. اما در این اثر، با همه‌ی دردسرهایی که برای شخصیت اول داستان پیش می آید، میتوان روزنه امید [...]

    5. 3.5Esta es la quinta obra de Kafka que leo (aunque es mi primera novela). Me gustó mucho. Se me hizo bastante pesada en algunas partes, pero la historia me parece brillante; una muestra más de la agudeza de este hombre con baja autoestima.Son varios los temas que desfilan en este libro. Los siguientes son los que más destacan, en mi opinión:▪ Kafka juega con sutiliza con los matices sociales, los títulos que nos damos por lo que empleamos y la significación relativa que nos otorgamos com [...]

    6. Der Verschollene, The Lost Kafka' s Bildungsroman, Kafka' s "Candide", a novel about losing your innocence again and again, bit by bit, until you lose it completely, until you are completely lost, and the only way to claim your innocence back is to join the Oklahoma Theater, to board that final train This is not an unfinished novel

    7. I loved this first novel by Kafka, much more sunny and easier to read than his others (even though the chapter on Brunelda is pretty frightening). This is incomplete - but does not matter much as Kafka's stories are dreamlike and disjointed anyway.Kafka never visited America. I was thinking today that whatever is happening in America nowadays is much weirder and more surreal than any of his novels.

    8. I had difficulties not feeling like a tool while reading Kafka at work on my breaks. A guy with a beard and thick rimmed glasses read Amerika, just makes me feel like a parody of myself.Kafka is one of those authors young men latch on to in high school or college and inevitably talk way too much about. I can definitely see the appeal with the themes of alienation and a system that works against the well-meaning individual. But there's something I realized while reading this book:Kafka would have [...]

    9. Ne znam, možda da napravim policu "knjige koje me nisu ubile, a baš su se potrudile"?Ne radi se o tome da Kafka nije dobar, naprotiv, previše je dobar u onome što pokušava, a to je da vas (mene) natera da se grčite od transfera blama, da vas (mene) glavom nadole uroni u depresivnu epizodu, da ubije životnu radost u vama (meni). Da, znam da je on sam smatrao kako je zapravo humorista. Dobro, važi. Da, jeste pisac neverovatno bizarne mašte, zapletenih tokova misli, upečatljivo groznih pa [...]

    10. Cover of the first edition of 'Der Heizer' ('The Stoker')Publisher's NoteTranslator's Preface & Notes--Amerika: The Missing PersonFragments:Brunelda's DepartureAt a street corner Karl saw They traveled for two days AcknowledgmentsChronologyBibliographyA Note on the Type

    11. I bought this book over a year ago but decided against reading it once I realised that it was 'unfinished' and I didn't want that for my first Kafka. In retrospect it seems so foolish, but I cannot deny the fact that I'm glad I hadn't read it then because I wasn't filled with the sufficient amount of despair towards the life I lead, to throughly feel this book, to find closure in it's incompleteness.One is easily horrified by the rare and exceptional abominations of the world, but not by everyda [...]

    12. Well my friend Chak says to run from this book - she recommends it for "angst-ridden hipsters who aren't worth the trouble to punch" - which doesn't describe me - I like to think I am worth the trouble to punch. But I saw it in the store with this adorable Edward Gorey cover (totally uncredited) and knew it would be mine all mine. It smells like an old mausoleum but that's what I get for buying a book from the Eisenhower era.-----Wow. Weird, weird, weird. I liked the first third of Amerika quite [...]

    13. Life is too short. Don't walk - RUN - away from this book. Masochist that I am, I got more than two-thirds through the book and finally could not stand it anymore. Amerika is about this 16 year old boy named Karl who gets exiled to America by his German parents after impregnating a household servant. Just as he was bewildered and passive during the aforementioned fornication (the maid overtly seduced him), Karl remained so for the rest of the book (at least what I read). Repeatedly, and without [...]

    14. '' Ειναι δυσκολο να υπερασπισεις τον εαυτο σου οταν δεν υπαρχει καλη θεληση'' μονολογει ο νεαρος και απειρος Καρλ Ροσμαν οταν θα συνειδητοποιησει οτι ο κοσμος ειναι αδικος και σκληρος. Ωστοσο γεματος νεανικη ορμη και ησυχη συνειδηση δε μοιαζει να απογοητευεται απο τις δυσκο [...]

    15. ژانر کتاب:رمان کوتاه و ادبیات تمثیلی یا همان الگوریتمثیل یکی از صور خیال است و یکی از انواع تشبیه به حساب می آید. تمثيل حكايتي است در نثر يا نظم با دو معني : معني نخستين يا معني ظاهري و معني ثانويه . تمثيل يك داستان است در لغتنامه اصطلاحات ادبی کادن اینگونه تعریف شده است که، مي تو [...]

    16. Le avventure di PinocchioAmerica è un romanzo incompiuto del 1911 pubblicato postumo nel 1927.Karl Rossmann è un sedicenne obbediente, serio, diligente che viene mandato in America dai genitori perché accusato di avere messo incinta una cameriera.Il senso del romanzo inizia già qui. Questa è infatti la prima delle tre occasioni in cui sarà accusato ingiustamente di qualcosa che non ha commesso o di cui non ha colpa e per questo inevitabilmente scacciato. Troviamo qui un lieve parallelismo [...]

    17. This was originally titled The Man Who Disappeared. The first chapter, The Stoker, was published as a short story and often included in the collection The Metamorphosis (see my review HERE) . It opens with a description of a city, country and continent Kafka never saw: "New York looked at Karl with the hundred thousand windows of its skyscrapers." The ship, too, has windows (of course), but there are more references to them than one might expect in such a few pages. Karl is only 16 and has been [...]

    18. My copy has a Preface written by one Klaus Mann in August 1940. It describes Franz Kafka's life, his very sad life. He had poor health, worked in a gloomy office, never made enough money and with a solitary romance that was "doomed to dreary frustration." He never enjoyed any spectacular success as an author. His works became famous only after he died. DratsERIKA was supposed to be Kafka's light, funny and optimistic novel. It tells the story of Karl Rossman, a poor boy of sixteen who had been s [...]

    19. This novel is completely different from all the others Kafka's works. I mean, it's not kafkaesque, it's picaresque. Amerika has something of Dickens and it doesn't seem written by an european novelist. Kafka has written about the myth of a new world seen like a land of false possibilities where a new Candide, the young Karl, is pushed and pulled away by circumstances.It's a real pity that this novel is unfinished. I've loved the final and totally independent chapter about The Nature Theatre of O [...]

    20. I am not sure what is a spoiler and what is not, but before I read this I had a very wrong idea about it. This is the most humorous Kafka work. According to the intro he was doing his version of David Copperfield in a country he never visited but learned about in a biography of Benjamin Franklin. I have not read much James Thurber but that is the similarity that I found.

    21. A couple years ago, some trickster posted the first page of David Foster Wallace's INFINITE JEST to a Yahoo group looking for advice about "his" new novel. Not surprisingly, the um, yahoos, didn't recognize the source text and populated the message board with all sorts of terrible advice about the lack of action and the fact that he "knows what to do--just dump it and start over!" Obviously, this provided a shitton of laughs for the literati, for those who respect DFW's writing and know that the [...]

    22. Amerika transposes the episodic structure of the picaresque (in which the rogue-hero is strung from Event to Event, beholden only to the unfurling of plot) to the form of an anti-Bildungsroman—wherein our narrator, Karl, is not the seat of identity's formation or Spirit’s progress, but rather marches inexorably towards a dissolute subject: the “Man Who Disappeared”. This disappearance is carried out through a series of transformations in status and class: from his commencement in the New [...]

    23. انتظار داشتم ازش خوشم بیاد. ولی خیلی تک‌خطی بود. حقیقتاً کافکا یه‌جور ملال‌انگیزی می‌نویسه. شاید هم برای من این‌طور بود. ولی دغدغه‌شو دوست داشتم. درگیری و گره‌هاش خوب درومده بودن. کاش هیجان بیشتری داشت یا این‌قد تک‌خطی نبود روایتش. هیچ‌کششی برای تموم‌کردنش نداشتم. دیالو [...]

    24. ცხადია, ვარსკვალები არაფერს ცვლის და წყვეტს, მაგრამ ყოველთვის, როცა კაფკას რომელიმე ნაწარმოებს წავიკითხავ, თუნდაც ნახევარი გვერდი იყოს, მინდა ჩამოვუყვე ყველა სხვა ავტორის წიგნებს და თითო [...]

    25. Kafka đã từng nói: "Tôi do dự trước khi tôi ra đời". Cá nhân tôi có do dự trước khi quyết định đọc tác phẩm này (sau khi đã đọc Hóa thân, Lâu đài và Vụ án) không? Câu trả lời là: Có!Và sau khi đọc xong tác phẩm này, tôi muốn hỏi Kafka: Ông có do dự trước khi viết Nước Mỹ không?Nước Mỹ hay Kẻ mất tích được giới thiệu ở bìa sau cuốn sách được thiết kế rất đẹp của Nhã Nam l [...]

    26. Absurdul și arbitrariul care schimbă vieți. Foarte muncitor Karl și nu e destul să se adapteze în America lui Kafka.

    27. تنبيه : المراجعة دي تحتوي على حرق لأحداث الرواية في أكتر من موضع.بعد فترة طويلة من رغبتي في القراءة له تم لقائي الأول بالروائي الألماني فرانز كافكا، بدأت بآخر أعماله "أمريكا" واللي توصف بإنها أكثر أعماله تفاؤلا و أقلها سوداوية. في الحقيقة طول فترة القراءة اللي أمتدت أسبوع و زي [...]

    28. There's perverse pleasure in watching a genius fail. If you love Kafka, read this to know why: watch as his beautiful existential vignettes die horribly the moment they are bolted onto a conventional plot. Marvel at how trite the themes of contemporary fiction are when they're no longer contemporary. Cheer (okay, maybe not cheer) to know the man tortured himself to do better than this sophomoric attempt at a first novel. And, if you're a way more persistent reader than I, maybe actually finish i [...]

    29. Astonishing. Loved this book more than other works of dearest Kafka. Every sign was so well organized and I felt, for the first time, that I could actually undestand what Kafka meant. Im sure that this book is one of the books i will never ever forget. So original. So genius. Im full of admiration.

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