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TOC: ‘Kafkaesque’ Edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly

Tachyon Publications informs us that John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly have edited a new anthology, Kafkaesque, featuring stories inspired by Franz Kafka. It will be available on November 15th, 2011.

From the press release:

Franz Kafka died in obscurity in 1924, having published a handful of odd stories in little-known central European literary magazines. Yet modern culture has embraced the stark ideas and vivid imagery of his work. Even those who have never read a word of his fiction know enough to describe their tribulations with bureaucracy as “Kafkaesque.”

Kafkaesque explores dystopian, comedic, and ironic fictions inspired by Franz Kafka’s work. In Philip Roth’s alternate history, Kafka survives World War II and immigrates to America, Jorge Luis Borges envisions a labyrinthine public lottery that evolves into bureaucratically-mandated mysticism. Carol Emshwiller invents an exclusively male society faced with its first (mostly) female member. Paul Di Filippo’s journalist by day, costumed crime-fighter by night, copes with the bizarre amidst the mundane.

Also includes Kafka’s classic story “The Hunger Artist,” in a brand-new translation, as well as an illustrated version by legendary cartoonist R. Crumb (Fritz the Cat). Additionally, each author discusses Kafka’s writing, its relevance, its personal influence, and Kafka’s enduring legacy.

And here’s the table of contents:

  1. “A Hunger Artist” (translated by Kessel) by Franz Kafka
  2. “The Drowned Giant” by J.G. Ballard
  3. “The Cockroach Hat” by Terry Bisson
  4. “Hymenoptera” by Michael Blumlein
  5. “The Lottery in Babylon” (tr: Hurley) by Jorge Luis Borges
  6. “The Big Garage” by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  7. “The Jackdaw’s Last Case” by Paul Di Filippo
  8. “Report to the Men’s Club” by Carol Emshwiller
  9. “Bright Morning” by Jeffrey Ford
  10. “The Rapid Advance of Sorrow” by Theodora Goss
  11. “Stable Strategies for Middle Management” by Eileen Gunn
  12. “The Handler” by Damon Knight
  13. “Receding Horizon” by Jonathan Lethem & Carter Scholz
  14. “A Hunger Artist” by David Mairowitz & Robert Crumb
  15. “I Always Wanted You to Admire my Fasting”, or “Looking at Kafka” by Philip Roth
  16. “The 57th Franz Kafka” by Rudy Rucker
  17. “The Amount to Carry” by Carter Scholz
  18. “Kafka in Brontëland” by Tamar Yellin
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1 Comment on TOC: ‘Kafkaesque’ Edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly

  1. That is an impressive list of authors, and I am quite curious to see how they deal with Kafka and discuss his influence.

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