Kafka. Robert Crumb, David Zane Mairowitz, Franz Kafka.
Kafka
Kafka
Kafka

Kafka

ISBN: 0878164707
Northampton, MA: kitchen Sink Press, 1996. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz. "Kafka wrote in the tradition of the great Yiddish storytellers, whose stock in trade was bizarre fantasy, tainted with hilarity and self-abasement. What he brought to this tradition was, however, an almost unbearably expanded consciousness. Alienated from his roots, his family, his surroundings, and primarily from his own body, Kafka created a unique literary language in which to hide away, transforming himself into a cockroach, an ape, a dog, a mole, or a circus artiste who starves himself to death in front of admiring crowds. David Zane Mairowitz's brilliant text and the illustrations of the world's greatest underground comic artist, Robert Crumb, help us to see beyond the cliché 'Kafkaesque' and to peer through the glass wall at the unique creature on display there." (back cover) An astonishingly brilliant graphic novel that depicts the life & work of Kafka (1883-1924), the iconic writer whose name stands for some of the most uniquely innovative, disturbing & puzzlingly prophetic novels & stories ever published (mostly after his untimely death & against his wishes). Mairowitz's penetrating narrative & Crumb's inimitable, illuminating illustrations (you might call him the Kafka of Cartoonists...) shed light & insight on this most difficult & enigmatic literary genius. Offered here is one of only 300 hand-numbered copies signed by Mairowitz & Crumb on illustrated tipped-in sheet affixed to front endpaper, this is copy No. 31/300. Hardcover in illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued. A convergence of talents, a key Crumb collectible & so much more. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; tiny amount of wear at corners of same; moderate rubbing & spotting to top edge of text block. Interior very fine except for two flaws clearly from production as issued: Section of pages 147-174 are loose & tightly folded into a signature, not bound into spine; rear endpaper side edge is cut at a slight angle, making it smaller than all other page leaves. We have adjusted our price accordingly. Other than the above, interior virtually mint, & complete. Very Fine (with production flaws). [Item #3357]

Price: $50.00