Kafka's Monkey

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Oberon Books, Jun 21, 2012 - Drama - 64 pages

‘Esteemed members of the Academy! You have done me the great honour of inviting me to give you an account of my former life as an ape.’

Imprisoned in a cage and desperate to escape, Kafka's monkey reveals his journey to become a walking, talking, spitting, smoking, hard-drinking man of the stage. Based on the short story A Report to an Academy by Franz Kafka, this new adaptation is by acclaimed writer Colin Teevan.


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Franz Kafka -- July 3, 1883 - June 3, 1924 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. Kafka was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in August 1917. As his disease progressed, his throat became affected by the TB and he could not eat regularly because it was painful. He died from starvation in a sanatorium in Kierling, near Vienna, after admitting himself for treatment there on April 10, 1924. He died on June 3 at the age of 40.

Franz Kafka was born in 1883 and became one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. His work introduced a new perspective, the 'Kafkaesque', into the culture. He wrote many short stories and novellas, such as 'Metamorphosis' and 'In the Penal Colony', as well as three novels; The Trial, The Castle and Amerika. Colin Teevan's plays include How Many Miles to Basra?, Missing Persons, Alcmaeon in Corinth, The Walls, Vinegar and Brown Paper, and The Big Sea; he is also co-author, with Hideki Noda, of the plays The Bee and The Diver and co-author, with Paul Heritage, of Amaz˘nia. His translations include Iph..., Bacchai, Manfridi's Cuckoos and Erba's Marathon. He has also written stage adaptations of Hasek's Švejk, the Ancient Chinese stories of Monkey!, Don Quixote with Pablo Ley, and Peer Gynt. All are published by Oberon Books.

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