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Author: Jay Cantor Narrator: Qarie Marshall Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781629235073
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In four stories that are a deft amalgam of fact and fiction, Jay Cantor captures the reverberations of Kafka’s influences on the lives of some of the friends and lovers who survived him. Here is Kafka’s last lover, Dora Diamant—their love opening out with both passion and pathos as he succumbs to tuberculosis. And there’s Max Brod, his friend and literary executor, struggling with Kafka’s instructions to burn all his unpublished stories upon his death; the militant German Communist Lusk Lask, whom Dora —still enraptured by the memory of Kafka—marries and loses to a Soviet Gulag; and a Nazi concentration camp prisoner whose survival will depend on her love for Milena Jesenska, a woman who once survived on her own love for Kafka.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One needs something akin to courage to read Kafka—as well as Cantor’s homage. Both are dense, dangerous, and difficult. Both resist interpretation, raising questions without any answers. But if we can’t ever admit we’re lost—something we rarely do, in the way we read or live—how can we even begin to find our way toward what’s true?”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “Four evocative, ambitious, and highly varied tales aim to bring Kafka back to us by showing that he never left. Instead, he haunts everyone and everything he touches…Cantor creates gripping stories around innumerable epistolary and biographical artifacts.…Superb.”


  • “These fluently empathic, mordantly ironic, and unflinching stories of love, torture, and sacrifice carry forward Kafka’s eviscerating vision and affirm Cantor’s standing as a virtuoso writer of conscience.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Shot through with black comedy, unsparing honesty, and robust intellect—in short, a fitting Kafka tribute.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Jay Cantor is the author of The Death of Che Guevara, Krazy Kat, and Great Neck, as well as two books of essays—The Space Between and On Giving Birth to One’s Own Mother. A MacArthur Fellow, he teaches at Tufts University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

Qarie Marshall is an Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has narrated more than thirty series for the Discovery Channel, TLC, and the BBC, as well as providing the in-flight programming for Virgin Atlantic Airlines and BBC radio plays. He has voiced over eighty video games for the PlayStation and Xbox and was a guest voice on Comedy Central’s Drawn Together. He was made an associate artist of the Purple Rose Theatre in 2007.