What Do I Read Next?
The Trial: A New Translation, Based on the Restored Text (1998) is a recent translation and is said to be a more accurate rendition of Kafka’s original manuscript. The story is about Joseph K., who is interrogated by unidentified government officials and accused of an unnamed crime. He becomes entangled in a legal and bureaucratic maze from which there seems to be no exit.
Max Brod’s Franz Kafka, a Biography (1937) is an early biography by Kafka’s close friend and literary executor.
Letters to Friends, Family and Editors (1977) contains selections from Kafka’s extensive letter- writing.
Kafka’s Clothes: Ornament and Aestheticism in the Habsburg Fin de Siecle (1992), by Mark Anderson, discusses Kafka’s social milieu of fashionable Prague intellectuals at the turn of the Century.
Klaus Wagenback’s Franz Kafka: Pictures of a Life (1984) is a book of photographs from Kafka’s life, family, and home town of Prague.