In May 2005 Penguin will publish 70 unique titles to celebrate the company's 70th birthday. The titles in the Pocket Penguins series are emblematic of the renowned breadth of quality of the Penguin list and will hark back to Penguin founder Allen Lane's vision of good books for all'. Unpublished during his lifetime, the novels of Franz Kafka are now regarded as among the greatest works of early twentieth-century literature. His most famous and influential work, Metamorphosis, depicting a man who wakes up to discover he has been turned into an insect, was first published by Penguin in 1961. These lucid stories and brief fables describe the cruel absurdities he believed dominate human life.
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Franza Kafka was born of Jewish parents in Prague in 1883. After gaining his doctorate in law he worked for most of his life as as a respected official of a state insurance company where literature, of which he said he 'consisted', had to be pursued on the side. Only one collection of his stories was published in his lifetime, published in Penguin as The Transformation and Other Stories, and he asked his friend Max Brod to ensure that all the writings he left after his death were destroyed. Brod felt unable to comply however and following Kafka's untimely death in 1924 he undertook their publication.
The Great Wall of China by Franz Kafka
Pocket Penguins 70's S.
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