Title Kafkaesque
Subtitle Fourteen Stories
Author Franz Kafka, Adapted & Translated By: Peter Kuper
ISBN 9780393635621
List price USD 19.95
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 160
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“[Kuper] does what I love. Jazz. This book is a series of riffs, visual improvisations on short takes by the old master. It becomes a diverting, even daring, high-wire act, where Kafka’s stoic Euro-alienation meets and merges with Kuper’s thoroughly American rock-and-roll alienation.”

Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist


“Woe to the reader who tries to skim Kafkaesque…. [Kuper’s] faux woodcuts, with their explosive faces and grim chiaroscuro, cannot be easily digested — a supreme virtue.”



“Kafka has found a perfect interpreter in Peter Kuper.”

—Hearst CT News


“Kuper proves adept at using the synergy between text and image to both expand Kafka’s ideas and trim his word counts… A richly innovative interpretation that honors the source while expanding the material.”

Kirkus Reviews


“Kafka’s timeless work has never hit so hard, nor more artfully.”

Publishers Weekly


“Kafka’s work is opaque and ripe for reinterpretation, but it is Kuper’s art that makes it so fresh.”

Tom Tivnan , Times Literary Supplement


“In distilling Kafka’s timeless themes, Kuper creates stark panels of disturbing truth and powerful warning.”

Terry Hong , Booklist


“A gorgeously illustrated collection that makes tales written nearly a century ago feel vibrant and vital.”

Library Journal


“Brilliant…. The Kafkaesque humor is intact, even enhanced.”

Wall Street Journal


Award-winning graphic novelist Peter Kuper presents a mesmerizing interpretation of fourteen iconic Kafka short stories.

Long fascinated with the work of Franz Kafka, Peter Kuper began illustrating his stories in 1988. Initially drawn to the master’s dark humor, Kuper adapted the stories over the years to plumb their deeper truths. Kuper’s style deliberately evokes Lynd Ward and Frans Masereel, contemporaries of Kafka whose wordless novels captured much of the same claustrophobia and mania as Kafka’s tales. Working from new translations of the classic texts, Kuper has reimagined these iconic stories for the twenty-first century, using setting and perspective to comment on contemporary issues like civil rights and homelessness.

Longtime lovers of Kafka will appreciate Kuper’s innovative interpretations, while Kafka novices will discover a haunting introduction to some of the great writer’s most beguiling stories, including “A Hunger Artist,” “In The Penal Colony,” and “The Burrow.Kafkaesque stands somewhere between adaptation and wholly original creation, going beyond a simple illustration of Kafka’s words to become a stunning work of art.


Introduction: Kuperesque

Trip into the Mountains

A Little Fable

The Helmsman

The Spinning Top

The Burrow

Give It Up!

Coal-Bucket Rider

A Hunger Artist

A Fratricide

The Trees

Before the Law

The Bridge

In the Penal Colony

The Vulture

About the Authors:

Peter Kuper regularly contributes cartoons to The New Yorker, The Nib and The Nation and illustrates Mad magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy.” His graphic novels include the Eisner award-winning Ruins and Kafkaesque, winner of the 2018 Reuben award for Best Graphic Novel. He has taught cartooning at The School of Visual Arts and Harvard University. He lives in New York City.

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. His major novels include The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika.

Target Audience:

People interested in the work of Franz Kafka, graphic novels and English Literature.


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