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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS; Reprint edition (17 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560978066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560978060
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Crumb - known as R. Crumb - is an American artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, subversive view of the American mainstream. A founding member of the underground comix movement, Crumb's considerable success has been achieved outside the mainstream comic book industry. His most recognized works are the Keep on Truckin' and Fitz the Cat comics. He is also a keen follower of popular music and illustrates album covers.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Care Bear on 16 Mar. 2012
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I first read Kafka thirty odd years ago as a youth. The first ever reference to Kafka I found was on the back of LP sleeve for 'We're Only In It For The Money' by Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention. Frank reccomended reading Kafka's 'In The Penal Colony' whilst listening to that album to understand the internment of Japanese civillians in California during World War Two better. The name of my crime would then be written on my back....

If from reading Kafka I got the point of Kafka's writing then I was absorbed by that point rather than being able to understand fully what I was reading, there is a hermetic quality to Kafka's writing which defies the less tenacious, and usually more youthful, reader. With this book I understood what Kafka was about, some strange nervousness that defied explanation, where life as it appears in the stories does not add up or make obvious sense, but equally would not stop. Robert Crumb's drawings and David Mairowitz text are brilliant, and provide a perfect counterpoint for Kafka's texts. Because Crumb's obsessions seem to counterpoint Kafka's life so well Crumb draws with an empathy for Kafka's 'nerves' that I doubt anybody else could. The limits of Kafka's social and emotional life were also well portrayed in print and picture.

This is a great introduction to Kafka which will set the reader up well for reading Kafka without illustrations, the more to enjoy reading Kafka with insight.
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I have a confession to make...I've never read a Kafka book.

I know, it's shocking. So why am I even reading this graphic biography of the man? The main reason I picked this up is because of how beautiful it was. Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz have done a fantastic job putting together a history of Kafka by giving us pages of beautifully illustrated material.

Of course I know who Franz Kafka is, and I've heard a lot about him. I know his books, I know what he's written, and I even know some of what his books talk about. However, I never realized how dark and twisted he actually was until I read this brief biography of him. His thoughts and feelings illustrated in pictures was a brilliant touch to this haunted man. I loved that we even got summaries of his famous works in the form of drawings as well.

I don't think I was drawn to Kafka very much as a person, although I did enjoy this book, but he left me feeling unmoved with him, his life and his death.

That being said, it did make me want to pick up one of his books and start reading them, for no other reason than the fact that he was a good writer.
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A fascinating mix of biography of Kafka, putting the background of being a German-speaking Jew in Prague at the end of the 19th century, plus a potted version of all his major works, illustrated like only Robert Crumb can. So it's an excellent introduction to Kafka for those who don't know much about him, plus a wonderful reworking of his works by those more familiar. It also brings out Kafka's black sense of humour, which is often overlooked.
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By Henning on 16 Oct. 2014
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Lovely little insightful anecdotes accompanied with Robert Crumbs perfectly suited illustrations. My only complaint is I think it could have had more stories and insights, It ended all too quickly.
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By Graculus on 21 April 2015
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Great Artists Kafka and Crumb
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