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Encyclopedia > Kafka Americana

Kafka Americana is a collection of short stories by Jonathan Lethem and Carter Scholz based on works by Franz Kafka. Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American writer based in New York City, best known for his novels, short stories, and essays, whose work encompasses a variety of genres and styles. ... 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 Stories

  • Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor - a re-imagining of Kafka's uncompleted short story (Scholz).
  • The Notebooks of Bob K. - Batman is presented as Kafka's creation, with parodies on some of Kafka's famous aphorisms (Lethem).
  • Receding Horizon - Kafka comes to America, changes his name to Jack Dawson and writes screenplays in Hollywood (Lethem & Scholz).
  • The Amount to Carry - Kafka meets fellow insurance executives Wallace Stevens and Charles Ives (Scholz).
  • K. for Fake - Parody of The Trial (Lethem).

This article belongs in one or more categories. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... ... Wallace Stevens Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955 in poetry) was a major American Modernist poet. ... Charles Edward Ives (October 20, 1874 – May 19, 1954) was an American composer of classical music. ... The Trial book cover This article is about the novel by Kafka. ...


Lethem, Jonathan and Carter Scholz. Kafka Americana. W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. ISBN 978-0393322538



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