Franz Kafka: Der Verschollene / Amerika [Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared]

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Der Verschollene (published in English as Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared) is a novel fragment published posthumously in 1927 by the author's friend and publisher, Max Brod, under the title Amerika. The first chapter of the novel was printed separately in 1913 as a short story by the Kurt Wolff Verlag under the title Der Heizer: Ein Fragment. Kafka expressed characteristic dissatisfaction about the novel to Felice Bauer in a letter dated 10 March 1913, asserting that he had written “550 useless pages” (Kafka 1999: 129). Only the first chapter (“Der Heizer”), he maintained, had “inner truth” (Kafka 1999: 1…

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Citation:
Reid, Christopher. "Der Verschollene / Amerika". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 April 2009
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