Book Launching Amerika (The Missing Person) by Franz Kafka

Amerika (Der Verschollene) von Franz Kafka © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Tue, 09.05.2017

18 Uhr

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

The first novel by Franz Kafka, one of the most important authors of German language.

"Amerika" ​​-Max Brod had given this title - or "The Missed Person" - as Franz Kafka titled the narrative - describes a conflictual, chaotic society where people feel lonely and hopeless after they have arrived in a new world searching for a new life.

After an incident involving a housemaid, the 17-year-old Karl Roßmann is banished by his parents to America. As the ship arrives in the United States, he becomes friends with a stoker who is about dismissed from his job. Karl decides to help him and together they go to see the captain of the ship, who is in a meeting with Senator Jacob. Mr. Jacob happens to be the unexpected uncle of Karl and takes him home but later repudiate Karl, because he makes a visit to his uncle’s friend without permission. Wandering aimlessly, he meets two tramps, an Irishman and a Frenchman. They first seem to be good friends but then turn out to be cheaters to the detriment of Karl. Because of the Irishman, Karl loses his job as a lift-boy in a hotel. After that he’s employed and exploited as a servant against his will in the flat of the two tramps. The book was translated into Vietnamese by Le Chu Cau.