Mystery, horror, comedy, speculation, paradox, political allegory, nightmare: all these things are Kafka. In the decades since his death in obscurity in 1924, the works of Franz Kafka have grown in power and influence. Several generations of writers and artists have drawn from the well he opened. Kafkaesque presents a broad range of the most imaginative work that has made his name a commonplace even among people who have never read a word of his fiction.
"All of the works collected in Kafkaesque prove both edifying and entertaining...A fine, intelligent, and exquisitely bizarre collection of fiction."
Franz Kafka, "A Hunger Artist" (new translation by John Kessel)
J.G. Ballard, "The Drowned Giant"
Terry Bisson, "The Cockroach Hat"
Michael Blumlein, "Hymenoptera"
Jorge Luis Borges, "The Lottery in Babylon"
T. C. Boyle, "The Big Garage"
Paul Di Filippo, "The Jackdaw's Last Case"
Carol Emshwiller, "Report to the Men's Club"
Jeffrey Ford, "Bright Morning
Theodora Goss, "The Rapid Advance of Sorrow"
Eileen Gunn, "Stable Strategies for Middle Management"
Damon Knight, "The Handler"
Jonathan Lethem and Carter Scholz, "Receding Horizon"
David Mairowitz and Robert Crumb, "A Hunger Artist"
Philip Roth, "’I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting’; or, Looking at Kafka"
Rudy Rucker, "The 57th Franz Kafka"
Carter Scholz, "The Amount to Carry"
Tamar Yellin, "Kafka in Brontëland"
-New York Journal of Books
"eclectic, mind-blowing collection"
"A delight to read.... the extremely varied and entertaining stories [Kafkaesque] contains help clarify Kafka’s literary legacy."
"...a surpassingly excellent anthology in its own right. An ideal introduction as the stories capture the strangeness, wonder, despair and humour which Kafka's work exemplifies."
"So very good...one of my favourite anthologies"
"a smart and provocative anthology...superb."
"It's an extremely rich and potent collection..."
"The sheer variety of stories makes the book a delight to read as well as indicating what a vast resource Kafka’s work remains for writers."