Goethe-Institut introduces the first novel by Franz Kafka, one of the most important authors of German language.
“Amerika” – Max Brod had given this title – or “The Missed Person” – as Franz Kafka titled the narrative – describes a conflictual, chaotic society where people feel lonely and hopeless after they have arrived in a new world searching for a new life.
After an incident involving a housemaid, the 17-year-old Karl Roßmann is banished by his parents to America. As the ship arrives in the United States, he becomes friends with a stoker who is about dismissed from his job. Karl decides to help him and together they go to see the captain of the ship, who is in a meeting with Senator Jacob. Mr. Jacob happens to be the unexpected uncle of Karl and takes him home but later repudiate Karl, because he makes a visit to his uncle’s friend without permission. Wandering aimlessly, he meets two tramps, an Irishman and a Frenchman. They first seem to be good friends but then turn out to be cheaters to the detriment of Karl. Because of the Irishman, Karl loses his job as a lift-boy in a hotel. After that he’s employed and exploited as a servant against his will in the flat of the two tramps.
The book was translated into Vietnamese by Le Chu Cau.
“Amerika” (The Missed Person) by Franz Kafka will be on Tue 09 May 2017, 6 pm at Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.