The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka

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The Complete Stories
First edition
Author Franz Kafka
Translator Willa and Edwin Muir, Tania and James Stern
Country United States
Language German
Genre short Stories
Publisher Schocken Books
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 487 p.
ISBN 0-8052-3419-5
OCLC 190590
LC Class PZ3.K11 Co PT2621.A26

The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka is a compilation of all of Kafka's short stories. With the exception of three novels (The Trial, The Castle and Amerika), this collection includes all of his narrative work. The book was originally edited by Nahum N. Glatzer and published by Schocken Books in 1971. It was reprinted in 1995 with an introduction by John Updike.

The collection includes all the works published during Kafka's lifetime, with the exception of The Stoker which is usually incorporated as the first chapter of his unfinished novel Amerika. Some of the stories included in the book are fragmented or in various states of incompletion. Most of the stories are translated by Willa and Edwin Muir, with occasional translations by Tania and James Stern.

Several fables, parables and philosophical pieces are not included in this collection, as they were never meant to be independent stories or never intended for publication. These can be found in Kafka's diaries, notebooks and letters.


Foreword by John Updike (1995 edition only)

Two Introductory Parables[edit]

The Longer Stories[edit]

The Shorter Stories[edit]


By Nahum N. Glatzer


  • Kafka's stories and collections of stories published during his lifetime
  • Kafka's works published after his death
  • Collected works in German
  • Schocken editions of Kafka's works in English
  • Other editions of Kafka's works in English
  • Supplement

Editors and Translators[edit]

On the material included in this volume[edit]

Notes on the writing and publication history of the stories and fragments.


Chronology of Kafka's life and writing.

Selected writings on Kafka[edit]

A list of critical and biographical essays on Kafka.


  • The first eighteen of "The Shorter Stories" are usually grouped under the title Contemplation (Betrachtung), or Meditation .


  • Kafka, Franz (ed. Nahum N. Glatzer). The Complete Stories. New York: Schocken Books, 1971 (Hardcover) ISBN 0-8052-3419-5, 1988 (Paperback) ISBN 0-8052-0873-9
  • Kafka, Franz (ed. Nahum N. Glatzer). The Complete Stories. New York: Schocken Books, 1995. With a foreword by John Updike ISBN 0-8052-1055-5 (Paperback)