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Metamorphoses

Karolina Watroba

'A high-spirited, richly informed, and original portrait, a cross between biography, literary analysis and a study in modern canonisation: Karolina Watroba is an inspired guide and her book a pleasure to read.' Marina Warner

In 2024, exactly one hundred years after his death at the age of 40, readers all over the world will reach for the works of Franz Kafka. Many of them will want to learn more about the enigmatic man behind the classic books filled with mysterious courts and monstrous insects. Who, exactly, was Franz Kafka?

Karolina Watroba, the first Germanist ever elected as a Fellow of Oxford's All Souls College, will tell Kafka's story beyond the boundaries of language, time and space, travelling from the Prague of Kafka's birth through the work of contemporary writers in East Asia, whose award-winning novels are in part homages to the great man himself.

Metamorphoses is a non-chronological journey through Kafka's life, drawing together literary scholarship with the responses of his readers through time. It is a both an exploration of Kafka's life and an exciting new way of approaching literary history.

  • Classification : BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
  • Pub Date : MAY 2, 2024
  • Imprint : Profile Books
  • Page Extent : 256
  • Binding : HB
  • ISBN : 9781800812741
  • Price : INR 799
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Karolina Watroba

[A] brisk and lively study ... bright, accessible and chatty, Watroba's book holds Kafka up to the light to reveal fragments of his elliptical appeal

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