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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franz Kafka Narrator: Víctor Prieto Publisher: NEAR, S.A. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)

Franz Kafka nació en Praga el 3 de Julio de 1883, en el seno de una acomodada familia de comerciantes judíos de lengua alemana. A los 23 años se doctoró en derecho. Al año siguiente padeció los primeros síntomas de tuberculosis. A pesar de la enfermedad, de la hostilidad de su familia hacia su vocación literaria, de sus cinco tentativas matrimoniales frustradas y de su empleo de burócrata en una compañía de seguros, Franz Kafka se dedicó intensamente a la literatura.

Su escritura se caracteriza por una síntesis entre el absurdo, la ironía y la lucidez. Un mundo de sueños que, paradójicamente, describe con un realismo minucioso. Kafka sólo publicó, en vida, algunas historias cortas. Su obra pasó casi inadvertida. Ella nos ha llegado en contra de su voluntad, pues ordenó a su íntimo amigo y albacea literario Max Brod que, a su muerte, quemara todos sus manuscritos. Gracias a que Brod no obedeció la orden, se salvó una de las cumbres de la literatura alemana. Su originalidad y el inmenso valor literario de su obra le han valido una posición privilegiada, casi mítica, en la literatura contemporánea. Kafka murió cerca de Viena a los 40 años, el 3 de junio de 1924, víctima de la tuberculosis. La colonia penitenciariaUn explorador extranjero es invitado a presenciar una ejecución en una colonia penitenciaria. El método que aplican para la pena de muerte es tan peculiar como cruel y sádico. Un oficial, ferviente partidario de este procedimiento, se encarga de explicar su funcionamiento y defender su utilización ante el viajero. El explorador se sorprende ante la injusticia del caso y la crueldad del método, pero no se decide a intervenir. El oficial pretende ganarse el apoyo del extranjero y lo instiga a que manifieste su opinión. En este relato descarnado Kafka trata el fanatismo militar, la subjetividad de la justicia y el honor, así como el dilema moral de escoger entre lo que debemos hacer... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaundra | 2/15/2014

    " Another fantastic (both in terms of fantastical and great) short story from Kafka. Brilliantly told and simultaneously begs the question of cultural relevance, universal values, diplomacy, justice and the idea of punishment. Great, great work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Orr | 2/7/2014

    " I like The Metamorphosis so much in high school my teacher suggested I read more Kafka short stories. In the Penal Colony "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ana | 1/28/2014

    " This book features two short stories: In The Penal Colony and The Judgement. I kinda liked the first one - it's a bit creepy and disturbing, but ultimately entertaining. The second one I didn't like so much. It made no sense at all to me. Nevertheless, it's Kafka and I can't help but feeling fascinated at his dream-like way of telling stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 1/19/2014

    " Can I recommend this one? Well, it's utterly brilliant but incredibly painful... a little kafka-esque trip into hell. If you absolutely love the works of our favorite tortured insurance company clerk and have to read something beyond The Metamorphosis, this is the one, but consider yourself warned -- you'll be disturbed for days, perhaps forever... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 1/9/2014

    " Why did I read this? Moreover, why did I like it? I could get into all the themes of capital punishment and justification for dehumanization . . . but reading the book is so much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Roberts | 1/8/2014

    " This is Kafka's best story, perhaps the single best thing he ever wrote, though it is unfair to judge his novels against it because they were all unfinished. One o my favorite stories of all time, if not my single favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 12/31/2013

    " A beautiful criticism of unthinking reactionaryism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 anday | 12/28/2013

    " I don't know what to say about this story, except that it is excellent and moving. I finally read it after the description of it in Kafka on the Shore, a novel by Haruki Murakami. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 12/23/2013

    " The title story is probably the best I have read from Kafka. Dark and subversive, with layers of meaning that will require multiple meanings to get at. One of the highlights for me in the Mini Modern Classics so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Momina Masood | 12/20/2013

    " Just shut up and read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/8/2013

    " How many stars for "magnificent but horrifying?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raymund | 8/19/2012

    " I feel the walls closing in and somehow it's my fault. Kafka likes to write suicide notes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2012

    " I love Kafka. He was so keenly attuned to the comedic tragedy of the human condition. I read the collected stories under this title and liked most of it, but not as much as The Castle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colie! | 1/2/2012

    " This is a totally sweet edition because it has all of Kafka's insurance writing, which gives you an idea how he gets the idea for the mechanically gruesome. Of course I don't really recommend it if you don't read German... which by this point basically includes myself. (Sigh.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/8/2011

    " This one left a mark on me. Read this and ask yourself, "Does anything seem familiar?" Kafka is pure genius as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 2/18/2011

    " I read this story I thought it was very good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathie | 10/17/2010

    " The more I read Kafka, the more I wonder why I read Kafka. I think this will be the last time. It depresses, infuriates and bores me all at the same time. No small feat, but I think I've finally had enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergey | 3/30/2010

    " Read in the context of "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami. Unsettling. The final scene and what happened to the Officer probably would be different if Kafka wrote the story after WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raymund | 3/23/2010

    " I feel the walls closing in and somehow it's my fault. Kafka likes to write suicide notes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 11/7/2009

    " Of the few that I've read so far, this is definitely my favorite story by Kafka. I've read it a bunch of times and it creeps me out every single time, which I think is the main reason I enjoy it so much. "

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Author Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924), one of the major fiction writers of the twentieth century, was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague. His unique body of writing, much of which is incomplete and was mainly published posthumously, is considered by some people to be among the most influential in Western literature, inspiring such writers as Albert Camus, Rex Warner, and Samuel Beckett.