Amerika. Franz Kafka. Doubleday Anchor, 1955. Cover by Edward Gorey.
Amerika tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself “packed off to America” by his parents. Expected to redeem himself in this magical land of opportunity, young Karl is swept up instead in a whirlwind of dizzying reversals, strange escapades, and picaresque adventures.
an old art deco theatre in a small remote Australian country town. now there’s a nutty old bat living there, the kind that the local kids create legends about, but she’s most likely just a nice old lady.
"They’re coming to get you, Barbra!"