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DAS URTEIL. Eine Geschichte. [The Judgement].

Leipzig: Kurt Wolff Verlag, 1916.

1st Edition. Original Wraps. Kafka, Franz. DAS URTEIL. Eine Geschichte. [The Judgement]. Leipzig: Kurt Wolff Verlag, 1916. First Edition. First Issue. Uncommon first book edition. 8vo, pp. 29 + advertisement leaf for other works by Kafka at the end. A very good or better example of the exceedingly uncommon first issue bound in the original beige wrappers not the second issue black wrappers with the blue printed paper label on the upper cover. Content very clean & fresh, free of any blemish, the covers showing light use, a bit of strategic archival restoration to the Yap edges & spine extremities; there is a mildly darkened spot on the front cover & slight darkening on the rear. "Das Urteil," is one of Kafka's greatest compositions, here, first published Separately by Wolff as part of the "Der Jungste Tag" series. "Das Urteil," or "The Judgment," originally appeared as a contribution in the 1913 Wolff published anthology, "Arkadia", edited by Max Brod. "Das Urteil," is perhaps the most perfect composition amongst all of Kafka's short stories; it tells of the complex relationship between Georg, his father, his fiancé & his friend in St. Petersburg. It is fashionable, particularly among those who have read Freud, to suggest that "Das Urteil," concerns Georg's sense of inferiority in comparison to his father. Yet, this being Kafka, "Das Urteil" is not about a sense of common inferiority, but of an inferiority so indisputable that it seems to have been ordained, such that Georg's father can accuse & convict his son of such misdeeds that he sentences his son to death by drowning. The sentence is so plainly justified that Georg rushes into the outdoors & throws himself off of a bridge. It is this ability to state the fantastic so plainly, with such an air of inevitability & justice, that marks Kafka's profundity & is of primary importance to his greatness as a writer. Dietz 31; Raabe 146.4; Wilpert/Gühring 4. Custom TBCL clamshell case in very fine condition.

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DAS URTEIL. Eine Geschichte. [The Judgement]. Franz Kafka.