About Kafkas Werke

The work of Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924) has been one of the defining influences that have shaped the literature of the twentieth entury.

In co-operation with S. Fischer Verlag, Chadwyck-Healey has created an electronic version of the critical edition of his complete works, Franz Kafka, Kritische Ausgabe, Schriften und Tagebücher, of which the first volume was published in 1982. For the first time the Kritische Kafka-Ausgabe des S. Fischer Verlages bei Chadwyck-Healey makes it possible to search Kafka's complex body of work for his central themes and to follow their development throughout his writings.

"Academic editions lay claim to reliability, i.e. a high level of authenticity with regard to the reproduction of the text and the account given of all the stages in an author's work. The limitations of print have imposed on editions of this type the use of complicated marking systems, which are intended to help the interested, usually academic, reader understand the creative process as revealed by the original manuscript.

This is also true of the Kritische Kafka-Ausgabe, the origins of which go back to the 1970s. The use of an edition of this kind is usually only possible once the reader has become thoroughly acquainted with the system used, which often follows its own rules and frequently differs from those of other editions.

From an editorial point of view, the conversion of the Kritische Kafka-Ausgabe currently available in print into an electronic format opens up a whole new dimension. What has been fixed in print is no longer final, supplementary material and corrections can be added quickly, and we are able to exploit the interactive opportunities offered by the medium."

- Dr. Hans Gerd Koch, Editor


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