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Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor By Franz Kafka: Four Corners Familiars 2 Hardcover – 23 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Four Corners Books (23 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954502566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954502560
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,193,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this volume, British artist David Musgrave revisits Franz Kafka's novella "Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor," the tale of a man who arrives home one day to find two plastic balls bouncing off the ground of their own accord. To his great irritation, these balls follow Blumfeld--who is a stickler for absolute order in his universe--wherever he goes, and his attempts to divest himself of their presence are described with Kafka's customary flair for the detached observation of the extremely bizarre. Musgrave has responded to Kafka's story with a series of pencil drawings of curious artifacts and pseudo-archaeological fragments of his own invention. Combined with John Morgan's austere design--which finds the book typeset in Kafka's preferred font and large type size, which he was never able to see printed in his lifetime--this volume almost feels like a case study of some unique bygone supernatural phenomenon.

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Not the best way to access Kafka 30 Jun. 2009
By John - Published on
I had never read any translation of the story "Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor" before reading this (and I don't know anything about German), but it just doesn't quite feel appropriate to Kafka. This book was translated by Stern & Stern and seems to have been lifted 100% from the Schocken "Complete Stories." While I loved the Schocken "Trial" and "Diaries," this translation, as I see it, is simply not as recognizably "Kafka" as those.

There is one grammatical inconsistency that bothered me, but it too exists in the Schocken edition.

Each page of writing has enormous margins and very large font, which is supposedly Kafka's preference. I found it pleasant to be turning "Kafka pages" so quickly.

The illustrations in this book are mostly black and dark gray and about an inch tall, occurring on each side of a page every ten pages or so, and have little or nothing to do with the writing. I honestly do not see why they are there.

This is a neat little hardcover that feels (physically) a bit like a children's book. Maybe it would be a good gift for someone so that they don't have to be overwhelmed by their first experience of Kafka. If you absolutely love books, you will probably enjoy owning this, but don't expect anything new or great in either the translation or the illustrations.
Funny thought provoking 13 Mar. 2010
By Zeldie Stuart - Published on
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Totally funny and wacky and fast read; I just loved it. This book kept me thinking for days. Best if your friend reads it also so you can discuss it.
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