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A Cage Went in Search of a Bird

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780349146409

Price: £18.99

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A collection of brand-new short stories written by prize-winning, bestselling writers and inspired by Kafka – published to commemorate the centenary of his death

*Chosen as a 2024 highlight in the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, New Statesman, Esquire and the New European*

Franz Kafka is widely regarded as one of the great geniuses of twentieth-century literature. What happens when some of the most original literary minds of today take an idea, a mood or a line from his work and use it to spark something new?

From a future society who ask their AI servants to construct a giant tower to reach God; to a flat hunt that descends into a comically absurd bureaucratic nightmare; to a population experiencing a wave of unbearable, contagious panic attacks, these ten specially commissioned stories are by turns mind-bending, funny, unsettling and haunting. Inspired by the visionary imagination of a writer working one hundred years ago, they speak powerfully to the strangeness of being alive today.

Reviews

This inspired anthology demonstrates the enduring influence of Franz Kafka's fatalistic worldview and mordant humour ... These stories will do the trick for the Kafka-curious and diehard fans alike
Publishers Weekly
Unsettling and uneasy ... brimful of the dark claustrophobia that made Kafka's work so startling and suffocating
Daily Mail