• Edition enrichie de Claude David comportant une préface et un dossier sur le roman.

    "Lorsque Gregor Samsa s'éveilla un matin au sortir de rêves agités, il se retrouva dans son lit changé en un énorme cancrelat. [...] "Que m'est-il arrivé?" pensa-t-il. Ce n'était pas un rêve. [...] "Et si je continuais un peu à dormir et oubliais toutes ces bêtises", pensa-t-il, mais cela était tout à fait irréalisable, car il avait coutume de dormir sur le côté droit et il lui était impossible, dans son état actuel, de se mettre dans cette position. Il avait beau se jeter de toutes ses forces sur le côté droit, il rebondissait sans cesse sur le dos."

  • Le procès

    Franz Kafka

    Un matin, au réveil, alors qu'il n'est coupable d'aucun crime, Joseph K. est accusé et arrêté. Arrêté, mais laissé entièrement libre. Accusé, mais sans savoir ni de quoi ni par qui. Ainsi s'ouvre Le Procès, qui dépeint les affres d'un personnage aux prises avec un adversaire aussi implacable qu'insaisissable, la Loi.
    Terreur, mépris, révolte, indifférence : quoi qu'il éprouve ou fasse, le prévenu s'enferre, aggrave son cas, court à sa perte. Et, à mesure que s'effondrent toutes ses hypothèses, la réalité se dévoile pour ce qu'elle est... un univers de faux-semblants.
    Roman de la justification impossible, Le Procès nous invite à emboîter le pas à Joseph K., au narrateur et à Kafka lui-même, pour méditer sur le destin d'un individu, le sens de la vie et la question du salut.
    © 1983, Flammarion, Paris, pour la traduction française.
    VO : "Der Process" Édition corrigée et mise à jour en 2011 Couverture : Virginie Berthemet © Flammarion

  • 'Très cher père,
    Tu m'as demandé récemment pourquoi je prétends avoir peur de toi. Comme d'habitude, je n'ai rien su te répondre...'
    Réel et fiction ne font qu'un dans la lettre désespérée que Kafka adresse à son père. Il tente, en vain, de comprendre leur relation qui mêle admiration et répulsion, peur et amour, respect et mépris.

    Réquisitoire jamais remis à son destinataire, tentative obstinée pour comprendre, la Lettre au père est au centre de l'oeuvre de Kafka.

  • Le château

    Franz Kafka

    " Tout ce que je laisse après moi (...) doit être brûlé sans restriction et sans être lu ".
    Ainsi Kafka demandait à son exécuteur testamentaire de détruire ses manuscrits, dont celui, inachevé, intitulé Le Château. On y rencontre un homme, K, face au chaos de la bureaucratie. Les personnages, incapables d'agir, s'obstinent dans une confusion absurde. Plus que tous ses autres textes, c'est ce roman qui installe la définition du mot " kafkaïen ".

  • "L'officier mit la machine en route et, dans le silence qui s'instaurait, le condamné fut couché sous la herse. On détacha les chaînes et, à leur place, on fixa les sangles ; il sembla tout d'abord que, pour le condamné, ce fût presque un soulagement. Et puis la herse descendit encore un peu plus bas, car l'homme était maigre. Quand les pointes le touchèrent, un frisson parcourut sa peau..."
    Avec " Le Soutier " premier chapitre d'Amerika, et La Métamorphose, ce recueil de nouvelles constitue l'essentiel de l'oeuvre qu'a voulu produire et publier Kafka. C'est donc là-dessus d'abord et surtout, si du moins c'est à l'écrivain qu'on s'intéresse, qu'il convient de le juger.

  • Dans la nuit du 22 au 23 septembre 1912, Kafka a écrit "Le Verdict". De la première ligne à la dernière, ce texte est empreint de vertige. Kafka nous propose la traversée périlleuse d'un pont qui mène d'une rive - l'enfance - à une autre, qui n'a pas de nom. Le père est le gardien royal de ce pont et il convient, malgré l'amour et la piété, de monter sur ses épaules pour voir plus loin, mieux et ailleurs, quelle que puisse être la douleur éprouvée.

  • Franz Kafka publica "La metamorfosis" en 1915, durante su más fértil periodo de creación literaria, es todo un clásico, totalmente atemporal e imprescindible. Kafka narra la pavorosa transformación de un hombre en insecto. En un ambiente de pesadilla, la novela transmite al lector la sensación de excentricidad y de extrañamiento que asalta al protagonista, quien poco a poco va tomando conciencia de que se ha convertido en un parásito con respecto a sus seres más queridos.

  • Anglais The Trial

    Franz Kafka

    The terrifying tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes.

  • This collection brings together the stories that Kafka allowed to be published during his lifetime. To Max Brod, his literary executor, he wrote: Of all my writings the only books that can stand are these.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais America

    Franz Kafka

    The story of Karl Rossman who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure with a servant girl, is banished to America by his parents. Expected to redeem himself in the magical land of opportunity, he instead gets swept up in a whirlwind of strange escapades and dizzying adventures.

  • I have only one request," Kafka wrote to his publisher Kurt Wolff in 1913. "'The Stoker,' 'The Metamorphosis,' and 'The Judgment' belong together, both inwardly and outwardly. There is an obvious connection among the three, and, even more important, a secret one, for which reason I would be reluctant to forego the chance of having them published together in a book, which might be called The Sons."Seventyfive years later, Kafka's request isgranted, in a volume including these three classic stories of filial revolt as well as his own poignant "Letter to His Father," another "son story" located between fiction and autobiography. A devastating indictment of the modern family, The Sons represents Kafka's most concentrated literary achievement as well as the story of his own domestic tragedy.Grouped together under this new title and in newly revised translations, these texts the like of which Kafka had never written before and (as he claimed at the end of his life) would never again equal take on fresh, compelling meaning.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Franz Kafka's diaries and letters suggest that his fascination with America grew out of a desire to break away from his native Prague, even if only in his imagination. Kafka died before he could finish what he like to call his "American novel,: but he clearly entitled it Der Verschollene ("The Missing Person") in a letter to his fiancee, Felice Bauer, in 1912. Kafka began writing the novel that fall and wrote until the last completed chapter in 1914, but in wasn't until 1927, three years after his death, that Amerika--the title that Kafka's friend and literary executor Max Brod gave his edited version of the unfinished manuscript--was published in Germany by Kurt Wolff Verlag. An English translation by Willa and Edwin Muir was published in Great Britain in 1932 and in the United States in 1946.
    Over the last thirty years, an international team of Kafka scholars has been working on German-language critical editions of all of Kafka's writings, going back to the original manuscripts and notes, correcting transcription errors, and removing Brod's editorial and stylistic interventions to create texts that are as close as possible to the way the author left them.
    With the same expert balance of precision and nuance that marked his award-winning translation of The Castle, Mark Harman now restores the humor ad particularity of language in his translation of the critical edition of Der Verschollene. Here is the story of young Karl Rossma, who, following an incident involving a housemaid, is banished by his parents to America. With unquenchable optimism and in the company of two comic-sinister companions, he throws himself into misadventure, eventually heading towards Oklahoma, where a career in the theater beckons. Though we can never know how Kafka planned to end the novel, Harman's superb translation allows us to appreciate, as closely as possible, what Kafka did commit to the page.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • These diaries cover the years 1910 to 1923, the year before Kafka’s death at the age of forty. They provide a penetrating look into life in Prague and into Kafka’s accounts of his dreams, his feelings for the father he worshipped and the woman he could not bring himself to marry, his sense of guilt, and his feelings of being an outcast. They offer an account of a life of almost unbearable intensity.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Franz Kafka spent eight months at his sister's house in Zürau between September 1917 and April 1918, enduring the onset of tuberculosis. Illness paradoxically set him free to write, in a series of philosophical fragments, his settling of accounts with life, marriage, his family, guilt and man's condition. These aphorisms have appeared with minor revisions in various posthumous works since his death in 1924. By chance, Roberto Calasso rediscovered Kafka's two original notebooks in Oxford's Bodleian Library.



    The notebooks, freshly translated and laid out as Kafka intended, are a distillation of Kafka at his most powerful and enigmatic. This lost jewel provides the reader with a fresh perspective on the work of a genius.

  • Anglais The Castle

    Franz Kafka

    The Castle is the story of K., the unwanted Land Surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle nor accepted in the village, and yet cannot go home. As he encounters dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, and reason and nonsense, K.'s struggles in the absurd, labyrinthine world where he finds himself seem to reveal an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. Kafka began The Castle in 1922 and it was never finished, yet this, the last of his three great novels, draws fascinating conclusions that make it feel strangely complete.

  • The Complete Stories brings together all of Kafkas stories, from the classic tales such as The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and A Hunger Artist to shorter pieces and fragments that Max Brod, Kafkas literary executor, released after Kafkas death. With the exception of his three novels, the whole of Kafkas narrative work is included in this volume.

  • Franz Kafka wrote this letter to Hermann Kafka in November 1919; he was then thirty-six years old. Max Brod relates that Kafka actually gave it to his mother to hand to his father, hoping that it might renew a relationship that had disintegrated into tension and frustration on both sides. Kafka's probing of the abyss between them spared neither his father nor himself, and his cry for acceptance has an undertone of despair. He could not help seeing the lack of understanding between father and son as another moment in the universal predicament depicited in so much of his work. Probably realizing the futility of her son's gesture, his mother did not deliver the letter, but returned it to Kafka instead. Kafka died five years later, in 1924, of tuberculosis.

  • "These magnificent letters, meticulously set up and annotated, show us aspects of Kafka that were only hinted at in earlier collections and help us trace his development from unhappy young law student and insurance administrator to novelist and short-story writer of originality and genius." --Publishers Weekly "When we turn from Kafka's books to his letters we have a series of self-portraits desperate and courageous, always eager and warm in feeling; the self is lit by fantasy and, of course, by drollery. His candor is of the kind that flies alongside him in the air. He was a marvelous letter writer." --V.S. Pritchett, The New York Review of Books "These letters are like messages from the underground, from the dark side of the moon, presenting aspects of Kafka that would have died with his friends. We meet alternately Kafka the artist, friend, son, father figure, marriage counselor, literary critic, insurance official. . . . A full portrait, and a significant contribution to Kafka scholarship." --Smithsonian Magazine "An inside view of a writer who, perhaps more than any other novelist or poet in our century, stands at the center of our culture." --Robert Alter, The New York Times Book Review

  • ...behind them all was New York, looking at Karl with the hundred thousand windows of its skyscrapers' Entering New York harbour, the young immigrant Karl Rossmann sees the Statue of Liberty, 'her arm with the sword stretched upward'. This forbidding introduction sets the tone for Kafka's narrative about an innocent European astray in an ultra-modern America that is both a fantasy and an object of social satire. Expelled by his family after seduction by a maidservant, Karl finds in America a series of surrogate families, but he continues to get into undeserved trouble and is forced to move on once again. Along the way Karl encounters extremes of wealth and poverty, experiences the cruelty of the American work ethic, and has glimpses of the criminal underworld, without losing the basic goodness and resourcefulness that enable him to survive the hazards of the New World.

    Full of incident, and blackly humorous, Kafka's first novel portrays American civilization with horrified fascination. This edition retains Kafka's distinctive style in a sensitive and natural new translation, together with a penetrating introduction and notes.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • In recent decades, interest in hunger artists has greatly diminished.' Kafka published two collections of short stories in his lifetime, A Country Doctor: Little Tales (1919) and A Hunger Artist: Four Stories (1924). Both collections are included in their entirety in this edition, which also contains other, uncollected stories and a selection of posthumously published works that have become part of the Kafka canon.

    Enigmatic, satirical, often bleakly humorous, these stories approach human experience at a tangent: a singing mouse, an ape, an inquisitive dog, and a paranoid burrowing creature are among the protagonists, as well as the professional starvation artist. A patient seems to be dying from a metaphysical wound; the war-horse of Alexander the Great steps aside from history and adopts a quiet profession as a lawyer. Fictional meditations on art and artists, and a series of aphorisms that come close to expressing Kafka's philosophy of life, further explore themes that recur in his major novels. Newly translated, and with an invaluable introduction and notes, Kafka's short stories are haunting and unforgettable.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • ...behind them all was New York, looking at Karl with the hundred thousand windows of its skyscrapers' Entering New York harbour, the young immigrant Karl Rossmann sees the Statue of Liberty, 'her arm with the sword stretched upward'. This forbidding introduction sets the tone for Kafka's narrative about an innocent European astray in an ultra-modern America that is both a fantasy and an object of social satire. Expelled by his family after seduction by a maidservant, Karl finds in America a series of surrogate families, but he continues to get into undeserved trouble and is forced to move on once again. Along the way Karl encounters extremes of wealth and poverty, experiences the cruelty of the American work ethic, and has glimpses of the criminal underworld, without losing the basic goodness and resourcefulness that enable him to survive the hazards of the New World.

    Full of incident, and blackly humorous, Kafka's first novel portrays American civilization with horrified fascination. This edition retains Kafka's distinctive style in a sensitive and natural new translation, together with a penetrating introduction and notes.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • In recent decades, interest in hunger artists has greatly diminished.' Kafka published two collections of short stories in his lifetime, A Country Doctor: Little Tales (1919) and A Hunger Artist: Four Stories (1924). Both collections are included in their entirety in this edition, which also contains other, uncollected stories and a selection of posthumously published works that have become part of the Kafka canon.

    Enigmatic, satirical, often bleakly humorous, these stories approach human experience at a tangent: a singing mouse, an ape, an inquisitive dog, and a paranoid burrowing creature are among the protagonists, as well as the professional starvation artist. A patient seems to be dying from a metaphysical wound; the war-horse of Alexander the Great steps aside from history and adopts a quiet profession as a lawyer. Fictional meditations on art and artists, and a series of aphorisms that come close to expressing Kafka's philosophy of life, further explore themes that recur in his major novels. Newly translated, and with an invaluable introduction and notes, Kafka's short stories are haunting and unforgettable.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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