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A Cage Went in Search of a Bird

Ten Kafkaesque Stories

Ali Smith Tommy Orange Naomi Alderman Helen Oyeyemi



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01 June 2024
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.
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Imprint:   Abacus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   260g
ISBN:   9780349146416
ISBN 10:   0349146411
Pages:   256
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The authors in this book have won prizes including The Women's Prize for Fiction, the American Book Award, an Academy Award, multiple BAFTAs and the Writers Guild of America Award; and they have been shortlisted for prizes including the Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. From countries including China, the USA, Ireland and the UK, and living now in cities around the globe from Prague to New York City, the authors represent how far-reaching Kafka's influence is across the world.

Reviews for A Cage Went in Search of a Bird: Ten Kafkaesque Stories

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 * This collection is quite the achievement ... both ridiculous and brilliant. Thank goodness it exists. Kafka himself would love it * i-paper * A glorious new collection of short stories inspired by the angst-ridden absurdism of the Czech writer * Harper's Bazaar * A kaleidoscope of Kafkaesque tales woven by a brilliant and diverse array of renowned and talented authors ... Readers are treated to a rich tapestry of narratives, each as captivating as it is thought-provoking * Glamour * Mind-bending and consistently enjoyable ... A Cage Went in Search of a Bird is a roller coaster ride that will delight the adventuresome reader ... It's easy to imagine Kafka paging through these varied and deeply imagined tales and nodding in admiration * BookPage * Offer narratives of baffling circumscriptions, illnesses, miscommunications, and technologies. But the stories also make space for potentiality, with characters witnessing change or glimpsing future possibilities - putting Kafka's turn-of-the-century disillusionment into conversation with our own * Poets & Writers * A boon for Kafkaheads everywhere * The Millions *

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