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About the Author: Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

His stories include "The Metamorphosis" (1912) and "In the Penal Colony" (1914), while his novels are The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926) and Amerika (1927).

Kafka's first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech. Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.

Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law. This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history. At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese- und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities. In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law. Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.

Kafka's writing attracted little attention until after his death. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless "The Metamorphosis" is considered a (short) novel. Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod: "Dearest Max, my last request: Everything I leave behind me ... in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters (my own and others'), sketches, and so on, [is] to be burned unread." Brod overrode Kafka's wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them—Brod had told him as much. Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka's work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.

Max Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka's notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etc.

All of Kafka's published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesenská, were written in German.


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Hardcover, Published in Jan 1970 by Astiberri

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788415163411

Page count: 230

La metamorfosis, obra del escritor checo Franz Kafka –uno de los autores fundamentales de la literatura del pasado siglo–, continúa, con ilustraciones del dibujante valenciano Paco Roca, la colección Clásicos Ilustrados de Astiberri, donde una novela completa o, como en este caso, una recopilación de relatos de un autor de referencia de la literatura, es interpretada gráficamente por un dibujante de cómics con una serie de ilustraciones distribuidas a lo largo del libro principalmente a toda página.

Paco Roca no tenía dudas a la hora de elegir a Kafka como autor clásico sobre el que alzar su mirada: “Desde que leyera de crío La metamorfosis, Kafka se convirtió en uno de mis autores favoritos. Recuerdo que pasar de Julio Verne a leer La metamorfosis fue para mí todo un golpe, me pasé meses intentando asimilar aquello. Es una sensación que aún sigo teniendo con Kafka, sus relatos nunca me dejan indiferente. Debo reconocer que mi novela gráfica Las calles de arena está muy influenciada por El castillo o El proceso”, confiesa Paco Roca.

El autor de Arrugas se ha dejado llevar por el camino de la experimentación, evitando reproducir momentos concretos del libro o hacerlo de una forma muy explícita, para indagar en partes del relato que están en el fondo del mismo o tomar un punto de vista distinto al del narrador de turno: “Espero que las licencias que me he tomado con el texto original no hagan revolverse a los puristas de Kafka. Los cuentos de Kafka me parecen muy sugerentes; esa atmósfera opresiva que crea, esos personajes... Me atraía mucho meterme en esos relatos y crear historias paralelas dentro de ellos. Incluso me he quedado con las ganas de desarrollar alguna de ellas en un cómic. Quizá algún día”, aventura Roca.

La casi treintena de ilustraciones, algunas de ellas a media o doble página, pone en imágenes tanto La metamorfosis, que abre la recopilación, como los relatos de La condena, El fogonero, Un fragmento, En la colonia penitenciaria, El maestro rural, Un médico rural, El cazador Gracchus, Chacales y árabes, La construcción de la Muralla China, Informe para una Academia, Un artista del hambre y, por último, Josefina, la cantora, o el pueblo de los ratones.

Con la colección Clásicos Ilustrados, Astiberri pretende dar un paso para estrechar vínculos entre clásicos literarios y autores de cómic, aportando una visión iconográfica inédita hasta la fecha, en la que el ilustrador es también un narrador de oficio que busca ser respetuoso con la tradición y a la vez contemporáneo.

“Una Metamorfosis que, acompañada de un considerable puñado de otros relatos del escritor húngaro, encuentra en las soberbias ilustraciones de Paco Roca el mejor complemento a una edición imprescindible”. El Correo de Andalucía

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