Parables and Paradoxes

Infobox Book
name = Parables and Paradoxes
title_orig = "Parabeln und Paradoxe"
translator = Clement Greenberg, Ernst Kaiser & Eithne Wilkins, Willa & Edwin Muir, Tania & James Stern

image_caption = First edition
author = Franz Kafka
illustrator =
cover_artist = Paul Bacon (photo by Jan Lukas)
country = United States
language = English, German
series =
subject =
genre = Parables, Fables, Paradoxes
publisher = Schocken Books
release_date = 1961
english_release_date =
media_type = Print, Paperback & Hardcover
pages = 190
isbn = 0805204229
preceded_by =
followed_by =

"Parables and Paradoxes" ("Parabeln und Paradoxe") is a bilingual edition of selected writings by Franz Kafka edited by Nahum N. Glatzer (Schocken Books, 1961). In this volume of collected pieces, Kafka re-examines and rewrites some basic mythical tales of Ancient Israel, Hellas, the Far East, and the West, as well as creations of his own imagination.

The material in the book is drawn from Kafka's notebooks, diaries, letters, short fictional works and the novel "The Trial". An earlier version of the collection appeared under the title "Parables", and included a smaller selection of works.


* On Parables:I
* An Imperial Message
* Pekin and the Emperor
* The News of the Building of the Wall: a Fragment
* The Great wall and the Tower of Babel:II
* Paradise
* The Tower of Babel
* The Pit of Babel
* The City Coat of Arms
* Abraham
* Mount Sinai
* The Building of the Temple
* The Animal in the Synagogue
* Before the Law
* The Watchman
* The Coming of the Messiah:III
* Prometheus
* Poseidon
* The Silence of the Sirens
* The Sirens
* Leopards in the Temple
* Alexander the Great
* Diogenes
* The New Attorney:IV
* The Building of a City
* The Imperial Colonel
* The Emperor
* In the Caravanary
* The Cell
* The Invention of the Devil
* The Savages
* The Hunter Gracchus + Fragment
* The Vulture
* The Green Dragon
* The Tiger
* The Problem of Our Laws
* The Refusal
* Couriers
* A Chinese Puzzle
* The Truth about Sancho Panza
* The Test
* Robinson Crusoe
* The Spring
* The Hunger Strike
* My Destination


"Parables and Paradoxes" brings together short texts from the wide variety of Kafka's works. Since different texts were handled by different translators this volume allows readers to compare the various ways Kafka's works have been rendered into English. The translators included are:
* Clement Greenberg
* Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins
* Willa and Edwin Muir
* Tania and James Stern

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