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Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka - Edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly

$15.95, 288 pp, Tachyon Publications

trade paper / Fiction

978-1-61696-049-0

November 15th,  2011


Franz Kafka died in obscurity in 1924, having published a handful of odd stories in little-known central European literary magazines. Yet modern culture has embraced the stark ideas and vivid imagery of his work. Even those who have never read a word of his fiction know enough to describe their tribulations with bureaucracy as “Kafkaesque.”

Kafkaesque explores dystopian, comedic, and ironic fictions inspired by Franz Kafka’s work. In Philip Roth's alternate history, Kafka survives World War II and immigrates to America, Jorge Luis Borges envisions a labyrinthine public lottery that evolves into bureaucratically-mandated mysticism. Carol Emshwiller invents an exclusively male society faced with its first (mostly) female member. Paul Di Filippo’s journalist by day, costumed crime-fighter by night, copes with the bizarre amidst the mundane.

Also includes Kafka’s classic story “The Hunger Artist,” in a brand-new translation, as well as an illustrated version by legendary cartoonist R. Crumb (Fritz the Cat). Additionally, each author discusses Kafka’s writing, its relevance, its personal influence, and Kafka’s enduring legacy.

John Kessel is a Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus award winner and the author of Corrupting Dr. Nice, Good News from Outer Space, and The Pure Product. He teaches courses in science fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. His criticism has appeared in Foundation, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age. Kessel lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

James Patrick Kelly is the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of Burn, Think Like a Dinosaur, and Wildlife, and with John Kessel, he is the coeditor of Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology and Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology. He is a technology columnist for Asimov's Science Fiction and the publisher of the new ebook ’zine Strangeways. Kelly lives in Nottingham, New Hampshire.

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