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Letters To Friends, Family, And Editors : Schocken Kafka Library - Franz Kafka

Letters To Friends, Family, And Editors

Schocken Kafka Library

Paperback Published: 15th December 2016
ISBN: 9780805209495
Number Of Pages: 528

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Now back in print, more than two decades' worth of revelatory letters sometimes surprisingly humorous, sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad to the men and women with whom Franz Kafka maintained his closest personal relationships.

Collected after his death by his friend and literary executor Max Brod, here is a treasure trove of Kafka's letters from his years as a student in Prague in the early 1900s to his final months in the sanatorium near Vienna where he died in 1924.

They include charming notes to school friends; fascinating accounts to Brod about his work in its various stages of publication; correspondence with his publisher, Kurt Wolff, about manuscripts in progress, suggested book titles, type design, and late royalty statements; revealing exchanges with other young writers of the day, including Martin Buber and Felix Weltsch, on life, literature, and girls; and heartbreaking reports to his parents, sisters, and friends on the declining state of his health in the last months of his life.

"Kafka's letters are precious for what they reveal of a literary genius's insights into the predicaments of the modern artist, as well as for what they tell us of Kafka's loves, loyalties, fears, guilt, and his floundering attempts to cope with the debilitating disease that blighted half his adult life . . . Fluently and gracefully translated, helpfully annotated with care and admirable concision, [they] afford us an inside view of a writer who, perhaps more than any other novelist or poet in our century, stands at the center of our culture." --Robert Alter, The New York Times Book Review "A series of self-portraits desperate and courageous, always eager and warm in feeling; the self is lit by fantasy and, of course, by drollery. He was a marvelous letter writer." --V. S. Pritchett, The New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9780805209495
ISBN-10: 0805209492
Series: Schocken Kafka Library
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 15th December 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

Franz Kafka


About the Author


Despite his great impact on the literary world, Franz Kafka was a relatively "unknown" author during his life-time. He published relatively few of his works, and those were published in very limited runs, or in small literary journals.

Franz Kafka born in Prague, July 3, 1883, the son of Hermann and Julie Kafka. The oldest, he had three suriving younger sisters. Valli, Elli, and Ottla. His father was a self-made middle class Jewish merchant, who raised his children in the hopes of assimilating them into the mainstream society of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The official ruling language of the empire was German, so Franz attended German grammar school (Volksschule am Fleischmarkt), and later the German Gymnasium (Altstädter Deutsches Gymnasium). He finished his Doctorate of Law in Prague, studying at the German language University (Die deutsche Universität) there. He initially gained employment at a private insurance firm Assicurazioni Generali and then with the Arbeiter-Unfall-Versicherungs-Anstalt für das Königreichs Böhmen in Prag

His Job at the Worker's Accident Insurance provided him with a steady income and "regular" office hours, so that he could dedicate his evenings to writing. His diaries contain continuing accounts of his restlessness and sleeplessness as he would work all night writing, only to return to the office for the next day of work, throughly exhausted. Although he spoke and wrote Czech fluently throughout his life, his literary work was all completed in German.

He is known to have started writing at an early age, but all of his earliest attempts were later destroyed. His first pulished work came in 1907, and he continued to publish throughout the next seventeen years, but most of his works were published posthumously by his friend Max Brod.

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