Peter Kuper: Kafkaesque (with Jeremy Dauber)
Where: The Strand
212-473-1452 Price: $19.95 Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book. $5 Admission & Gift Card grants you admission for one, plus one $5 gift card to our store.
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Long fascinated with the work of Franz Kafka, Peter Kuper began illustrating his stories in 1988. Initially drawn to the master’s dark humor, Kuper adapted the stories over the years to plumb their deeper truths. Kuper’s style deliberately evokes Lynd Ward and Frans Masereel, contemporaries of Kafka whose wordless novels captured much of the same claustrophobia and mania as Kafka’s tales. Working from new translations of the classic texts, Kuper has reimagined these iconic stories for the twenty-first century, using setting and perspective to comment on contemporary issues like civil rights and homelessness. Longtime lovers of Kafka will appreciate Kuper’s innovative interpretations, while Kafka novices will discover a haunting introduction to some of the great writer’s most beguiling stories, including “A Hunger Artist,” “In The Penal Colony,” and “The Burrow.” Kafkaesque stands somewhere between adaptation and wholly original creation, going beyond a simple illustration of Kafka’s words to become a stunning work of art.
Join us on the second floor as Peter discusses his new graphic novel with Jeremy Dauber, Columbia University’s Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture and author of the “groundbreaking” study Jewish Comedy: A Serious History.