The Great Wall of China (short story collection)

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The Great Wall of China
Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer 1st edition cover.jpg
First edition
AuthorFranz Kafka
Original titleBeim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer
TranslatorWilla and Edwin Muir
GenreShort stories
PublisherGustav Kiepenheuer Verlag
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (hardback)
Original text
Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer at German Wikisource

The Great Wall of China (German: Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer) is the first posthumous collection of short stories by Franz Kafka published in Germany in 1931. It was edited by Max Brod and Hans Joachim Schoeps and collected previously unpublished short stories, incomplete stories, fragments and aphorisms written by Kafka between 1917 and 1924. The first English translation by Willa and Edwin Muir was published by Martin Secker in 1933. The same translation was published in 1946 by Schocken Books.


Publication history (in English)[edit]

  • 1933 London: Martin Secker, xvi+285 pp., hardcover; first UK edition, subtitled and Other Pieces
  • 1946 London: Secker and Warburg, 159 pp., hardcover; Revised and reset edition
  • 1946 New York: Schocken Books, xix+315 pp., hardcover; first US edition, subtitled Stories and Reflections