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8vo 8" - 9" tall; 102 pages; [SIGNED LIMITED EDITION] 1999. Subterranean Press. HC/DJ. Signed by both authors on the limitation page, numbered 340 of 600 copies issued. Tight, fresh and neat in immaculate dust jacket. F/F; Signed by All Authors. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: In an act of literary appropriation by turns witty, affectionate, and shameless, Jonathan Lethem and Carter Scholz seize a helpless Franz Kafka by the lapels and thrust him into the cultural wreckage of twentieth-century America. In the collaboratively written "Receding Horizon," Hollywood welcomes Kafka as a scriptwriter for Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, with appropriately morbid results. Scholz's "The Amount to Carry" transports "the legal secretary of the Workman's Accident Insurance Institute" to a professional conference with fellow insurance executives Wallace Stevens and Charles Ives, for a night of musing on what can and can't be insured. And Lethem's "K for Fake" brings together Orson Welles, Jerry Lewis, and Rod Serling in a kangaroo trial where Kafka faces, needless to say, fraudulent charges. Taking Modernism's presiding genius for a literary joyride, the authors portray an absurd, ominous world that Kafka might have invented but could never have survived.
From Publishers Weekly:
Kafka is not only an icon of disquiet, but a symbol of writerly dedication, the patron saint of tortured scribes everywhere. Thus, the very funny spoofs and "alternate" Kafkas presented in this short collection by Lethem and Scholz are inspired by affection. Perhaps the funniest of the group is Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn) and Scholz's collaboration, "Receding Horizons," in which Kafka comes to America, changes his name to Jack Dawson and writes screenplays. After his death, one of the directors he worked for, Frank Capra, wants to make Dawson's "The Judgment" into a film. Capra hires Clifford Odets, who believes that the hero's name, Aussenhof, won't go over for an American audience. Aussenhof means outer court, which is what the English call a bailey, so the character is called "George Bailey," and suddenly, a Kafka short story is transformed, with mad logic, into It's a Wonderful Life. In the "Notebooks of Bob K.," Lethem turns Batman into a Kafka hero, and mutates various of Kafka's famous aphorisms into Batman-related sayings. Orson Welles makes an appearance in Lethem's "K for Fake," which riffs on The Trial and features a man, like Joseph K in the novel, who gets a phone call informing him that charges have been prepared against him. This K being American, however, he immediately ascribes the call to a mixup with the credit card company, because he knows he isn't over his charge limit. The story follows the outlines of The Trial at a culturally dissonant distance. These stories are fluff, but extremely witty and intelligent fluffAmaking them a lot more solid than some more ostensibly serious writing. (Jan.) FYI: Kafka Americana will also be issued in a limited deluxe signed edition of 600 copies.
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Título: Kafka Americana
Editorial: Subterranean Press
Año de publicación: 1999
Condición del libro: Fine
Edición: First Edition; Limited edtion.
Descripción Subterranean Press, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG189228443X
Descripción Subterranean Press, Burton, MI, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo. 5.5 x 8.25 in. 100 pp. Limited edition of 600 numbered copies, this being #547. Signed by Lethem and Scholz on limitation page. Fine in original black cloth and fine pictorial dust jacket. Nº de ref. de la librería 28907
Descripción Subterranean Press, Burton, MI, 1999. Soft Cover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Uncorrected Proof. First Edition/First Printing. This copy of the Uncorrected Proof has been SIGNED by Jonathan Lethem on the title page! Faint crayon marks on the front cover. This was a publication done between Lethem and Carter Scholz in a Deluxe hardcover edition. $40.00/100 page sewn cloth hardcover, limited to 600 signed copies. Signed by Author. Nº de ref. de la librería 7044
Descripción Subterranean, Burton, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First Edition. 8vo. 100 pp. Black cloth. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Number 218 of 600 copies printed. Signed by Jonathan Lehtem and Carter Scholz. Signed by Author. Nº de ref. de la librería x01708
Descripción Subterranean Press, Burton, Michigan, U.S.A., 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine. Limited/Numbered. This is book number 142 of 600 and is signed by both authors on an early page. Signed By Both Authors. Nº de ref. de la librería 004369
Descripción Subterranean Press, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX189228443X