Three Sons

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2568-1

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2567-4
Publication Date
January 2010
Page Count
280 pages
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Three Sons

Franz Kafka and the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, and W. G. Sebald

Franz Kafka was a self-conscious writer whose texts were highly if mysteriously autobiographical. Three giants of contemporary fiction—J. M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, and W. G. Sebald—have all acknowledged their debt to the work of Kafka, both in interviews and in their own academic essays and articles for a general readership about him. In this striking feat of literary scholarship, Daniel Medin finds that the use of Kafka by Coetzee, Roth, and Sebald is similarly self-reflexive and autobiographical. That writers from such divergent national and ethnic traditions can have such unique critical readings of Kafka, and that Kafka could exert such a powerful influence over their oeuvres, Medin contends, attests to the central place of Kafka in the contemporary literary imagination.

About the Author

Daniel Medin is currently a fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Technical University of Berlin. He has taught comparative and English literature at Stanford University and at Washington University in St. Louis.