(1993 [1994])

Totem Books, 1993 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
10.95 USD
Pages
180
On-sale date
1994-05-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
?
Brand
?
ISBN
1-874166-09-9 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781874166092
Editing
Richard Appignanesi (originating editor)
Color
Black and White
Dimensions
5.5" x 8.25"
Binding
Trade Paperback
Publishing Format
Graphic Novel

Issue Notes

The book is an extended illustrated essay about 20th-century Czech author Franz Kafka. The essay text is by David Zane Mairowitz. The text sections feature single-image illustrations, panel cartoons, and short strips related to the essay narrative. The artwork is all by Robert Crumb. The essay also incorporates comics adaptations by Crumb of Kafka's fiction.

The book's copyright page states the publication year was 1993. The 1994 on-sale date is from the U. S. copyright registration. The reason for the discrepancy is unknown.

The copyright registration was not filed by Totem Books. It was instead filed by Kitchen Sink Press (in 1996) on behalf of David Zane Mairowitz and Robert Crumb. Kitchen Sink does not appear to have been involved in the publication of the book in any way. Their only connection seems to be their long-time business relationship with Crumb. (Kitchen Sink published multiple Crumb titles during its lifetime, and company founder Denis Kitchen is Crumb's media agent.) It is unknown whether Kitchen Sink had access to Totem's records when the registration was filed.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Introducing Kafka / David Zane Mairowitz and Robert Crumb (Table of Contents)

Introducing Kafka / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Robert Crumb (painted)
Inks
Robert Crumb (painted)
Colors
Robert Crumb (painted)
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Franz Kafka
Reprints

Also Available from Totem (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Introducing Kafka / David Zane Mairowitz and Robert Crumb (Table of Contents: 2)

Introducing Kafka / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
Robert Crumb; typeset

Characters
Franz Kafka
Synopsis
The book's title page. The book title and author names are hand-lettered. They are accompanied by a pen-and-ink illustration of a young Franz Kafka. The publisher's name is typeset at the bottom of the page.
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[Copyright page] (Table of Contents: 3)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 9 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose text and Kafka translations from German); Franz Kafka (diary excerpt)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The image of a wide pork butcher's knife...
Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Franz Kafka; Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel
Synopsis
The opening section of the essay. It discusses clich├ęd contemporary perceptions of Kafka. It also includes a three-panel adaptation of an excerpt from Kafka's diary.
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Golem (Table of Contents: 5)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 3.5 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose text and Loew translations from German); Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

Genre
biography; fantasy-supernatural; history; religious
Characters
Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel; the Prague Golem
Synopsis
A part-comics/part-text adaptation and synopsis of Rabbi Loew's story of the Prague Golem.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 13.5 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This was not the end of the Golem.
Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Franz Kafka; R. Israel Ben Eliezer; Leopold Hilsner; Hermann Kafka
Synopsis
Kafka's biography continues. His childhood and family life are covered. Jewish culture in Prague is discussed, including the anti-Semitism of the time.
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Indexer Notes

The text is accompanied by illustrations and single-panel cartoons. There is also a multi-panel strip dramatizing Kafka's relationship with his father.

The Judgment (Table of Contents: 7)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Franz Kafka (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation); David Zane Mairowitz (text translations from German)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
Robert Crumb

Genre
drama; domestic
Characters
Georg Bendemann; Georg's father
Synopsis
A comics adaptation of Franz Kafka's 1912 short story "Das Urteil" ("The Judgment").
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This wasn't the only time Kafka would arrange to have himself SENTENCED TO DEATH.
Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Franz Kafka; Hermann Kafka
Synopsis
Kafka's angst-filled adolescence and early adulthood.
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Metamorphosis (Table of Contents: 9)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Franz Kafka (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation); David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose and text translations from German)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
Robert Crumb; typeset

Genre
drama; humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals; domestic; fantasy-supernatural; religious
Characters
Gregor Samsa; Grete Samsa; Mother Samsa; Father Samsa; the Samsa home's lodgers
Synopsis
A comics adaptation of Franz Kafka's 1916 short story "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis").
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Kafka did not want the insect to be seen.
Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Synopsis
A discussion of Kafka's use of anthropomorphism in "The Metamorphosis" and other stories.
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The Burrow (Table of Contents: 11)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Franz Kafka (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation); David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose and text translations from German)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

Genre
animal
Characters
The Burrow
Synopsis
An adaptation with commentary on Franz Kafka's undated short story "Der Bau" ("The Burrow").
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 16 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In fact, Kafka would find dozens of ways to dispose of himself...
Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Franz Kafka; Hermann Kafka; Felice Bauer
Synopsis
A discussion of Kafka's adulthood before World War I, including his psychosomatism, romantic relationships, and day job with an insurance company.
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In the Penal Colony (Table of Contents: 13)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Franz Kafka (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation); David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose and text translations from German)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
Robert Crumb; typeset

Genre
drama; horror-suspense
Characters
A Traveler; The Officer
Synopsis
A comics adaptation of Franz Kafka's 1919 short story "In der Strafkolonie" ("In the Penal Colony").
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

First Line of Dialogue or Text
War was now breaking out...
Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Franz Kafka
Synopsis
Franz Kafka during World War I.
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The Trial (Table of Contents: 15)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Franz Kafka (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation); David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose and text translations from German)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
Robert Crumb; typeset

Genre
drama; horror-suspense
Characters
Josef K.
Synopsis
A comics adaptation of excerpts from Franz Kafka's 1915 novel "Der Prozess" ("The Trial").
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"When the War ended in 1918..." (Table of Contents: 16)

Introducing Kafka / text story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Franz Kafka; Milena Jesenska
Synopsis
Kafka's life in Prague after World War I, including his relationship with Milena Jesenska.
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The Castle (Table of Contents: 17)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Franz Kafka (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation); David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose and text translations from German)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
Robert Crumb; typeset

Genre
drama; horror-suspense
Characters
K.; Olga; Frieda; Klamm; Pepi
Synopsis
A comics adaptation of excerpts from Franz Kafka's unfinished 1922 novel "Das Schloss" ("The Castle").
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
According to Max Brod there is a variant ending...
Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Characters
Franz Kafka; K.
Synopsis
A discussion of Kafka's treatment of women in his fiction.
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[Leni in The Trial] (Table of Contents: 19)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Franz Kafka (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation); David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose and text translations from German)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
Robert Crumb; typeset

Genre
drama
Characters
Leni; Josef K.
Synopsis
A comics adaptation of Leni's seduction of Josef K. in "The Trial."
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 11 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The outcome of these relationships...
Characters
Franz Kafka; Ottla Kafka; Dora Diamant
Synopsis
A discussion of Kafka's attitudes toward sex, his desire to move to Palestine, his tuberculosis, and his relocation to Berlin with girlfriend Dora Diamant.
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A Hunger Artist (Table of Contents: 21)

Introducing Kafka / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Franz Kafka (original story); Robert Crumb (adaptation); David Zane Mairowitz (framing prose and text translations from German)
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
Robert Crumb; typeset

Genre
drama; horror-suspense; satire-parody
Characters
The Hunger Artist
Synopsis
A comics adaptation of Franz Kafka's 1924 short story "Ein Hungerk├╝nstler" ("A Hunger Artist").
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Afterword (Table of Contents: 22)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 22 pages (report information)

Script
David Zane Mairowitz
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Letters
typeset; Robert Crumb

Genre
non-fiction; biography; history
Synopsis
A discussion of Franz Kafka's legacy.
Reprints

[Author Biographies] (Table of Contents: 23)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Short biographies of Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz.
Reprints

Also Available from Totem (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Back Cover] (Table of Contents: 25)

Introducing Kafka / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Robert Crumb
Inks
Robert Crumb
Colors
?

Synopsis
The back cover of the book. The text is a teaser treatment of the book's contents. A panel from the book's "Metamorphosis" adaptation appears below the text.
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Editing
Related Scans
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Introducing Kafka / David Zane Mairowitz and Robert Crumb
    Introducing Kafka
  2. 1. Also Available from Totem
  3. 2. Introducing Kafka / David Zane Mairowitz and Robert Crumb
    Introducing Kafka
  4. 3. [Copyright page]
  5. 4. ["The image of a wide pork butcher's knife..."]
    Introducing Kafka
  6. 5. Golem
    Introducing Kafka
  7. 6. ["This was not the end of the Golem."]
    Introducing Kafka
  8. 7. The Judgment
    Introducing Kafka
  9. 8. ["This wasn't the only time Kafka would arrange to have himself SENTENCED TO DEATH."]
    Introducing Kafka
  10. 9. Metamorphosis
    Introducing Kafka
  11. 10. ["Kafka did not want the insect to be seen."]
    Introducing Kafka
  12. 11. The Burrow
    Introducing Kafka
  13. 12. ["In fact, Kafka would find dozens of ways to dispose of himself..."]
    Introducing Kafka
  14. 13. In the Penal Colony
    Introducing Kafka
  15. 14. ["War was now breaking out..."]
    Introducing Kafka
  16. 15. The Trial
    Introducing Kafka
  17. 16. "When the War ended in 1918..."
    Introducing Kafka
  18. 17. The Castle
    Introducing Kafka
  19. 18. ["According to Max Brod there is a variant ending..."]
    Introducing Kafka
  20. 19. [Leni in The Trial]
    Introducing Kafka
  21. 20. ["The outcome of these relationships..."]
    Introducing Kafka
  22. 21. A Hunger Artist
    Introducing Kafka
  23. 22. Afterword
    Introducing Kafka
  24. 23. [Author Biographies]
  25. 24. Also Available from Totem
  26. 25. [Back Cover]
    Introducing Kafka
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