Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor by Franz Kafka (Four Corners Books)

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Artist David Musgrave uses pencil drawings to rediscover and reinvent a little-known novella left unfinished by Kafka, concerning a man who comes home to find that two bouncing plastic balls have invaded his home.

This third book in our Familiars series is illustrated with a series of pencil drawings of curious artefacts and archaeological fragments invented by the artist.

The typeface used is Walbaum, Kafka’s preferred typeface.

Four Corners Books is an independent publishing house, founded in 2007 by Elinor Jansz and Richard Embray. For their Familiars series, Four Corners commission artists to produce new illustrated editions of classic novels. By 'smuggling' contemporary art into the Classics sections of bookshops, Jansz and Emray hope that art can be brought to new audiences at affordable prices. Four Corners collaborate with artists working in different media and at different stages of their careers. Sometimes an artist's approach to their commissioned text is respectful, even celebratory, and sometimes it is subversive. In each case, designer John Morgan works closely with the artist to ensure that their approach to the text is reflected in the format and layout of the book.

Words by Franz Kafka. Art by David Musgrave.

Publisher: Four Corner Books (2008)
Hardback: 84 pages
Dimensions: 20.5 × 14.5 cm

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