Wedding Preparations in the Country and Other Posthumous Prose Writings.

London, Secker and Warburg, 1954.

8vo., pp. 446; blue publisher’s cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and cover; dust-jacket chipped at the tail of a sunned spine, with one short closed tear and one chip from the upper panel, otherwise a near-fine copy in a jacket much neater than it sounds.

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First edition in English. Translated by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, with notes by Max Brod. ‘Although Kafka’s almost unceasing guilt and anxieties seem to mark him as a man of pestilential morbidity and gloom, it is not the important effect he has on us. He has a kind of cunning. His plain and simple prose is elating in its precision, its air of naïveté, and its bleak drollery. It is ingenious in its suspense and has the transparency of Swift’s.’

Quotation from V. S. Pritchett, New York Review of Books, February 1982.

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