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Dearest Father

By Franz Kafka

Translated by Hannah Stokes and Richard Stokes

ISBN: 9781847497048

128 pages

RRP: £7.99 £6.39

In this open letter to his father – a letter which was never sent – Kafka tries to come to terms with one of the most deeply rooted obsessions of his troubled soul. Written as a long, tense and dramatic confession in which writer and man are gathered together in front of an ambivalent figure of authority, Dearest Father is a desperate attempt to retrace the origins of a turbulent relationship between an unflinching parent and an extremely sensitive child. Both a merciless indictment of his father and an impassioned appeal to him, Kafka’s inspired work is one of the most lucid and touching psychological documents in twentieth-century literature. This volume also includes passages from Kafka’s diaries and correspondence.

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was one of the giants of twentieth-century German literature. His stories, such as The Metamorphosis (1915), and novels, including The Trial (1925) and The Castle (1926), concern troubled individuals in a nightmarishly impersonal and bureaucratic world.

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