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Title: Der Verschollene Title Record # 1484815
Author: Franz Kafka
Date: 1927-00-00
Type: NOVEL
Series: Karl Roßmann
Language: German
Note:
  • A first version of this novel was begun in the Spring of 1912 but is lost.
  • The published work was begun in the autumn of 1912, but Kafka stopped his writing on the text in December of the same year (he may have done some revision in January 1913). The final, somewhat isolated chapter was written in the October of 1914.
  • The first chapter was published as "Der Heizer" ('The Stoker') in 1913 by Kurt Wolff.
  • The original publication was initiated by Max Brod as "Amerika", but Kafka wrote of this unfinished novel as "Der Verschollene", which is now the common title.
Synopsis:
  • Beginning with Karl Roßmann's landing in New York's harbour, this unfinished novel then sets out to describe the protagonist's adventures in the USA - first at his uncle's home, then, after being shunned, traveling around and getting under the influence of various powers.
  • John Clute describes this America in SFE as dystopian and the final chapter where Roßmann finds the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma is more or less surreal.
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Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1927The original publication was initiated by Max Brod as "Amerika", but Kafka wrote of this unfinished novel as "Der Verschollene", which is now the common title (see there for a synopsis).
Amerika
1983 Der Verschollene in der Fassung der Handschrift
Year Language Title
1938Translated by Willa Muir and Edwin Muir
English America
1940Translated by Willa Muir and Edwin Muir, or by Edwin Muir (the New Directions edition credits it to Edwin alone although it is apparently the same translation which is elsewhere credited to both Willa and Edwin).
English Amerika
1972 Italian America
1996Translated by Michael Hofmann
English The Man Who Disappeared (Amerika)
2007Translated by Michael Hofmann
English Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared
2008Translated by Mark Harman
English Amerika: The Missing Person
2012Translated by Ritchie Robertson
English The Man Who Disappeared (America)

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Amerika 1927-00-00 Franz Kafka Kurt Wolff     392
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
Amerika 1935-00-00 Franz Kafka Schocken Verlag (Franz Kafka: Gesammelte Schriften #2)     315
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
America 1938-00-00 Franz Kafka Routledge   8/6  
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
Amerika 1940-00-00 Franz Kafka New Directions   $2.50  
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
Amerika 1946-00-00 Franz Kafka New Directions (New Classics #10)   $1.00 x+
277
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Checkmark
Amerika 1953-00-00 Franz Kafka S. Fischer (Franz Kafka: Gesammelte Werke)   DM 15.80 361
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
Amerika 1956-09-00 Franz Kafka Fischer Bücherei (Fischer Bücherei #132) 132 DM 1.90 234+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Franz Kafka  
Amerika 1969-03-00 Franz Kafka Fischer Bücherei (Fischer Bücherei #132) 132 DM 2.80 234+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Franz Kafka  
Amerika 1970-01-00 Franz Kafka Fischer Bücherei (Fischer Bücherei #132) 132 DM 2.80 234+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Franz Kafka  
Amerika 1971-03-00 Franz Kafka Fischer Bücherei (Fischer Bücherei #132) 3-436-00143-0 DM 3.80 234+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Franz Kafka Checkmark
America 1972-09-00 Franz Kafka Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar #421) 10512   362
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
Der Verschollene in der Fassung der Handschrift 1983-04-00 Franz Kafka S. Fischer 3-10-038127-0 DM 48.00 426
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Penguin Complete Novels of Franz Kafka 1983-06-00 Franz Kafka Penguin Books 0-14-009009-6   638
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni  
Amerika 1986-00-00 Franz Kafka S. Fischer 3-10-038174-2   263+
[1]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Checkmark
America 1992-01-23 Franz Kafka Vintage (UK) (Vintage Classics) 0-7493-9951-1   256
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel  
Der Verschollene in der Fassung der Handschrift 1993-00-00 Franz Kafka Fischer Taschenbuch (Fischer Taschenbücher #11587) 3-596-11587-6 DM 14.90 331
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
Der Verschollene in der Fassung der Handschrift 1994-11-00 Franz Kafka Fischer Taschenbuch (Franz Kafka: Gesammelte Werke in zwölf Bänden #2) 3-596-12442-5 DM 14.90 340+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Irina Ionesco  
The Man Who Disappeared (Amerika) 1996-00-00 Franz Kafka Penguin Books      
unknown?The publication record was created from a secondary source and the publication format is unknown.
novel  
Der Verschollene in der Fassung der Handschrift 2001-05-00 Franz Kafka Fischer Taschenbuch (Franz Kafka: Gesammelte Werke in zwölf Bänden #2) 3-596-12442-5 DM 17.90 340+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Irina Ionesco Checkmark
Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared 2007-00-00 Franz Kafka Penguin Books (Penguin Modern Classics) 978-0-14-118838-6   xiv+
218
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel Jacob Sutton  
Amerika 2007-08-27 Franz Kafka Suhrkamp (Suhrkamp Taschenbuch #3893) 978-3-518-45893-8 €6.50 311+
[2]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Christine Schneider  
Amerika: The Missing Person 2008-00-00 Franz Kafka Schocken Books (Schocken Kafka Library) 978-0-8052-4211-9 $25.00 xxxiii+
299
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Complete Novels 2008-04-03 Franz Kafka Vintage (UK) (Vintage Classics) 978-0-09-951844-0 £12.99 746
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
omni Anna Crone  
Amerika: The Missing Person 2008-11-18 Franz Kafka Schocken Books (Schocken Kafka Library) 978-0-8052-4264-5 $7.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
Amerika: The Missing Person 2011-08-16 Franz Kafka Schocken Books (Schocken Classics) 978-0-8052-1161-0   299
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel  
The Man Who Disappeared (America) 2012-04-12 Franz Kafka Oxford University Press (Oxford World's Classics) 978-0-19-960112-7   256
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel Franz Kafka  
America 2012-08-31 Franz Kafka Vintage Digital 978-1-4481-5654-2 £5.49  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
Amerika 2013-00-00 Franz Kafka Suhrkamp (Suhrkamp Taschenbuch #3893) 978-3-518-45893-8 €7.00 311+
[2]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel Christine Schneider Checkmark
America date unknown Franz Kafka Penguin Books (Penguin Modern Classics) 0-14-002639-8 £0.75 269
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared date unknown Franz Kafka Penguin Books (Penguin Modern Classics) 978-0-14-118838-6 £9.99 xiv+
218
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel Jacob Sutton Checkmark
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