Broadway Books, Paperback, 9781400052998, 80pp.
Publication Date: July 20, 2004
A brilliant illustrated adaptation of Franz Kafka's famous story. It's a real pleasure to read and one in which everyone will recognize the existential drama and uncanny wit of the original text." Susan Bernstein, associate professor of comparative literature and German studies, Brown University.
PETER KUPER'S fascination with entomology began at the age of five but was supplanted by his discovery of comic books several years later. Thanks to Franz Kafka, Kuper no longer has to choose between the two. His comics and illustrations appear regularly in numerous magazines and newspapers, including "Mad," for which he draws Spy vs Spy every month. Give It Up!, his first collection of Kafka adaptations, was published in 1995."
“Kafka’s stoic Euro-alienation meets and merges with Kuper’s thoroughly American rock and roll alienation.”—Jules Feiffer
“The ride from book to comic can be bumpy. Mr. Kuper navigates the transition with precision.”—New York Times
“Kafka’s anguished archetypal characters are easily rendered into visual equivalents and given new life in Kuper’s raw, expressionistic graphic style.”—Publishers Weekly
“Darkly appropriate . . . Kuper’s work rivals that of Art Spiegelman.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Bubbling beneath the surface is a caustic batch of black humor that is as much unsettling as it is absurd. This is the magic of Kafka. And Kuper gives it a postmodern edge here, with an intriguing dance of picture and text.”—Gannett News Service
“Kuper’s scratchboard style . . . is reminiscent of the German expressionist artists . . . and his cartoony approach accentuates Kafka’s dark humor.”—Booklist