The Penal Colony: Stories and Short Pieces

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The Penal Colony
First edition
AuthorFranz Kafka
TranslatorWilla and Edwin Muir
CountryUnited States
GenreShort stories
PublisherSchocken Books
Publication date

The Penal Colony: Stories and Short Pieces is a collection of short stories and recollections by Franz Kafka, with additional writings by Max Brod. First published in 1948 by Schocken Books, this volume includes all the works Kafka intended for publication, and published during his lifetime (the only exception in The Stoker which serves as a first chapter for the novel Amerika). It also includes critical pieces by Kafka, "The First Long Train Journey" by Kafka and Brod (which was initially intended to be the first chapter of a book), and an Epilogue by Brod. This collection was translated by Willa and Edwin Muir.


  • Conversation with the Supplicant
a slightly different version from the text of the dialogue as it appears in the story Description of a Struggle


  • Kafka, Franz. The Penal Colony: Stories and Short Pieces. New York: Schocken Books, 1948. ISBN 0-8052-3198-6