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The Judgement – Franz Kafka
The Judgement – Franz Kafka’s masterpiece of a short story is a darkly brilliant satire of the psychological mechanisms at work in family life. Telling the story of a successful young man whose dying father ‘judges’ him to deserve the death penalty, it is a hideously comic and beautifully written tale. The Judgement shows Kafka at his best. The Judgement is a tale that encapsulates all those elements of style and subject matter that have ever since been referred to as ‘Kafka-esque’. Blending themes of...
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
By the time he published his first novel, ‘The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’ in 1719, Daniel Defoe was nearly sixty years old. Little is known of the author’s early life but he is believed to have been born around 1660 and initially studied to be a minister before going into the world of business. Initially successful, he was declared bankrupt in 1692 with debts totalling £17,000. Broadening out into journalism in an effort to boost his finances, Defoe began writing articles about the political...

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