Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka Hitting Bookstores in November

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Welcome to a world where cockroaches are the least of your problems. On November 15th Tachyon Publications will be unleashing Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka, edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly. If you’re at all a fan of the great Kafka, it definitely sounds like something worth checking out.

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.

The collection 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.

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