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Fantastically good new version of 'America' / TMWD,
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This review is from: The Man who Disappeared: (America) (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I have read two other excellent translations of this, Kafka's first novel, The Man Who Disappeared, but the present one, this new Oxford version, is the version to get if you want have the very best access to the original. This has a clarity beyond the other two, the Muir and Hofmann translations, because it seems to reveal Kafka's comic genius most accurately: the odd subtle details and sardonic word use. I read the Hofmann translation travelling to work on the underground, immersed in the novel's science fiction-like cataloguing of the new technological America, but this Oxford translation, in comparison, on the same journey, seems to bring out Kafka's gift for description and eye for detail. Maybe this is in part a matter of familiarisation but it feels a more subtle read. Richie Robinson has taken pains to communicate the transitions and and word choices of Kafka's sentences, giving them a sense for this reader at least that is closer to Kafka's agile tragic mind. An incomparable novel.