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Publisher's Summary

A handsome recluse, plagued by indecision and hypochondria, Franz Kafka nonetheless exhibited an extraordinary strength. He developed the uncanny ability to observe himself with cool objectivity, and he cultivated this ability in his writing, where it appeared in increasingly original metaphorical form. His works became among the greatest of the twentieth century, and his influence permeated far and wide, transcending literature. His descriptions of his attempts to escape from a self-made tyranny are his great works of art.

In Kafka in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Kafka's life and ideas and explains their influence on literature and on man's struggle to understand his place in the world. The book also includes selections from Kafka's writings, a list of his chief works in English translation, a chronology of Kafka's life and times, and recommended reading for those who wish to delve deeper.

Listen to some of Franz Kafka's writing.
©2004 Paul Strathern (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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A good book about Kafka

I always wanted to learn more about Kafka and this is a great small-sized book about his work and life and gives clues to how he became so great.

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I’ve been listening to a few of these, I think it’s a good way to find out some information if you like the time or the investment to read a full book on something, plus honestly I don’t know if I would’ve run a full book on Kafka. Well I might now, because I found this so fascinating. I can’t tell you if it’s Kafka himself or the way it was told or the way it was performed, because they all work together seamlessly and left me very interested and also retaining information which doesn’t always happen. Thank you

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I very much enjoyed

it was great how he shared some of Kafka's story at the end. marvelous