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Parables and Paradoxes / Parabeln und Paradoxe
Parables and Paradoxes / Parabeln und Paradoxe Author:Franz Kafka This is a dual-language edition, with German and English on facing pages. — This collection of brief parables and arresting paradoxes -- extracted from novel and story, notebook and letter -- is almost an epitome of Kafka. Central myths of the Hebrew, Greek, and Western cultural traditions are boldly reexamined and rewritten by him in terms of hi... more »s richly humorous and uniquely modern sensibility. After having read Kiekegaard on Abraham, Kafka speculates on other possible versions of the Father of the Jews. He transforms Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, into a cranky bureaucrat always too busy with his bookkeeping to inspect his oceans. He develops his own unique parables about such figures as the hunter Gracchus, Sancho Panza, and Robinson Crusoe.
As in the earlier Schocken Library volume, Parables, of which this is a much expanded edition, the original German text is printed opposite the English translation. This device, usually employed only for verse translation, is retained here in the belief that these short pieces may indeed be read as poems.« less