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
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...
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...