El desaparecido: (América)

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Cátedra, 2000 - Fiction - 402 pages
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El desaparecido es la primera de las tres novelas largas que escribio Franz Kafka. El amigo y editor de Kafka, Max Brod, en la edicion de 1927 dio a esta obra el titulo de America, titulo que nunca utilizo Kafka. El desaparecido cumple el deseo que acompano al autor durante toda su vida: escapar de su querida Praga y conocer otros paises. Sin embargo, Kafka nunca estuvo en America y Praga fue siempre una constante ambiental en su vida.

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About the author (2000)

Franz Kafka was born to middle-class Jewish parents in Prague, Czechoslovakia on July 3, 1883. He received a law degree at the University of Prague. After performing an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts, he obtained a position in the workman's compensation division of the Austrian government. Always neurotic, insecure, and filled with a sense of inadequacy, his writing is a search for personal fulfillment and understanding. He wrote very slowly and deliberately, publishing very little in his lifetime. At his death he asked a close friend to burn his remaining manuscripts, but the friend refused the request. Instead the friend arranged for publication Kafka's longer stories, which have since brought him worldwide fame and have influenced many contemporary writers. His works include The Metamorphosis, The Castle, The Trial, and Amerika. He died from starvation due tuberculosis to on June 3, 1924 at the age of 40.