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By Franz Kafka

Karl Rossman has been banished through his mom and dad to the USA, following a relatives scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the unusual reviews that lie ahead of him as he slowly makes his means into the inner of the nice continent. even supposing Kafka's first novel (begun in 1911 and not finished), could be learn as a menacing allegory of recent lifestyles, it's also infused with a particularly un-Kafkaesque blitheness and sunniness, delivered to lifestyles during this lyrical translation that returns to the unique manuscript of the e-book.

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Karl knew that from the example of his father who won over all the junior employees he had to deal with by handing out cigars to them. Now the only thing Karl had left to give was his money, and if he had indeed already lost his suitcase, he wanted to leave that untouched for the moment. His thoughts returned to the suitcase, and now he really couldn’t understand why, having watched it so carefully for the whole crossing that his watchfulness had almost cost him his sleep, he had now permitted that same suitcase to be taken from him so simply.

Franz Kafka: Tagebücher, Frankfurt, 1948. Franz Kafka: Amerika, translated with an introduction by Edwin Muir and a postscript by Max Brod, London, 1928. Gustav Janouch: Conversations with Kafka, London, 1953. Anthony Northey: Kafka’s Relatives: Their Lives and His Writing, London, 1991. THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED (AMERIKA) 1 THE STOKER As the seventeen-year-old Karl Rossmann, who had been sent to America by his unfortunate parents because a maid had seduced him and had a child by him, sailed slowly into New York harbour, he suddenly saw the Statue of Liberty, which had already been in view for some time, as though in an intenser sunlight.

A flat barge carrying a mountain of barrels, which must have been miraculously laden so as not to start rolling, passed by and plunged the room into near-darkness. Little motorboats, which Karl would have been in a good position to examine if he’d had the leisure, pursued their dead straight courses, responsive to every twitch of the hands of the men standing up at their wheels. Strange floats surfaced occasionally from the turbulent water, only to become swamped again and sink astonishingly from sight.

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