In most of Kafkas mature prose, the lucid, concise style forms a striking contrast to the labyrinthine complexities, the anxiety laden absurdities and the powerfully oppressive symbols of torment and anomie that are the substance of the writers vision. Kafkas fiction, somewhat like ink blot tests, elicits and defeats attempts at conclusive explanation. Practically every school of modern criticism has produced a corpus of interpretations. Kafkas own aphorisms, however may come the closest to offering a key. This volume contains a complete and unabridged collection of all short stories by Franz Kafka. Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir and other reknowned translators.