Kafka collaborations make the news

From the Bodleian library to tabby kittens

The Bodleian has recently joined forces with the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach, Germany in order to purchase a series of letters written by Franz Kafka to his sister Ottla. The letters had been held for safe-keeping at the Bodleian, but Kafka’s descendents decided to sell the letters and the Bodleian was unable to raise the money privately. By approaching the German Archive as a partner, and agreeing to share the letters, this valuable resource will be housed, at least much of the year, in Britain. Read the full story here.

In a different spirit of collaboration, Quirk publishers - who have previously brought modern readers re-imagined classics in the shape of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina - have now published a new version of Kafka’s masterpiece. Known as The Meowmorphosis, this book sees Gregor Samsa awake one morning to find he has turned into an adorable kitten. The book blurb promises that ‘The Meowmorphosis will take you on a journey deep into the tortured soul of the domestic tabby.’ To find out more, click here. Of course, many may think Kafka surreal enough - you can judge for yourself by reading the original Metamorphosis in our edition. Click here for details.

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