Unearthed by the master Kafka biographer and scholar Reiner Stach and translated by the peerless Michael Hofmann, this small collection comes as a prize and a joy. Some stories are several pages long; some run about a page; a handful are only a few lines long. Even the most fragmentary texts are revelations. These pieces are drawn from two large volumes of the S. Fischer Verlag edition Nachgelassene Schriften und Fragmente (totaling some 1100 pages). As Stach comments in his afterword: "Franz Kafka is the master of the literary fragment. In no other European author does the proportion of completed and published works loom quite so...small in the overall mass of his papers, which consist largely of broken-off beginnings."