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KAFKA, Franz.

In der Strafkolonie.

Leipzig: Kurt Wolff, 1919 Stock Code: 146205
£3,750.00
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First edition, first impression, in the deluxe binding. One of 1,000 copies of Kafka's short story set in an unnamed penal colony which he wrote in October 1914.

The "relatively long time span between composition and first publication is due in part to Kafka's dissatisfaction with the original conclusion of the story", however, "Kafka revised the end of the text in November 1918" (Gray et al., p. 134). In November 1916 Kafka presented a version of the text "at a public reading - something to which Kafka rarely agreed - at the Goltz Gallery in Munich" (ibid., p. 134). The work was first translated into English by Eugene Jolas in 1941; published in the Partisan Review as In the Penal Colony.

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Description

Octavo. Contemporary dark brown half roan, titles to spine in gilt, marbled boards, cream endpapers, white silk page marker, top edge gilt, others uncut.

Illustrations

Text in German. Printed in blue and black.

Condition

Extremities a little scuffed, the binding otherwise sound and unfaded, front hinge starting but holding, else internally crisp; a very good copy.

Bibliography

Dietz 50. Gray, Richard T. et al., "A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia", Greenwood Press (2005).

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