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Encyclopedia > Introducing Kafka

Introducing Kafka, written by David Zane Mairowitz and illustrated by Robert Crumb is an illustrated biography of Franz Kafka which includes comic adaptations of some of his most famous works including The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist, In the Penal Colony, The Judgment and brief sketches of his three novels. The book was released as part of the "Introducing..." series by Totem Books. The popularity of Crumb's renditions of Kafka's works led to additional printings under the title R. Crumb's Kafka. Robert Dennis Crumb, often credited simply as R. Crumb (born August 30, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. ... Kafka at the age of five Franz Kafka (IPA: ) (July 3, 1883 – June 3, 1924) was one of the major German-language fiction writers of the 20th century. ... The Metamorphosis (in German: Die Verwandlung) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915, and arguably the most famous of his works along with the longer works The Trial and The Castle. ... A Hunger Artist (Ein Hungerkünstler), also translated as A Fasting Artist, is a short story by Franz Kafka written in 1922 but not published until after his death in 1924. ... In the Penal Colony (German: In der Strafkolonie) is a short story in German by Franz Kafka. ... The Judgment (Das Urteil) is a short story by Franz Kafka which depicts the conversation between a man and his father, where many conflicts arise. ...


  • Mairowitz, David Zane (writer) and Robert Crumb (illustrator). Introducing Kafka. New York: Totem Books, 1993. ISBN 1-8404-6122-5
  • Mairowitz, David Zane (writer) and Robert Crumb (illustrator). R. Crumb's Kafka. ibooks graphic novels, 2005. ISBN 1-5968-7812-6



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