Is that Kafka?: 99 Finds

Out of the large examine for an authoritative 1,500-page biography emerges this wunderkammer of ninety nine delightfully abnormal proof approximately Kafka

In the process compiling his hugely acclaimed three-volume biography of Kafka, whereas foraying to libraries and records from Prague to Israel, Reiner Stach made one miraculous discovery after one other: unforeseen images, inconsistencies in handwritten texts, excerpts from letters, and stories from Kafka’s contemporaries that shed impressive gentle on his character and his writing. Is that Kafka? offers the crystal granules of the true Kafka: he couldn’t lie, yet he attempted to cheat on his high-school checks; bitten by means of the health fad, he avidly the regime of a Danish workout guru; he drew superbly; he enjoyed beer; he learn biographies voraciously; he made the main appealing offers, particularly for kids; extraordinary issues made him cry or made him livid; he cherished slapstick. each discovery through Stach activates its head the stereotypical model of the tortured neurotic―and as each chips away on the monolithic darkish Kafka, the keynote, of all issues, turns into laughter.

For Is that Kafka? Stach has assembled ninety nine of his most fun discoveries, culling the most excellent, such a lot pleasing bits, and including his knowledge-able commentaries. Illustrated with dozens of formerly unknown photographs, this quantity is a unique literary pleasure.

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Five of that have been auctioned off in Berlin in 1995. An nameless shopper bought the proof-sheets for 42,000 marks. 39Letter to Milena Jesenská, August 26–27, 1920 (M 232). 40Max Pulver, “Spaziergang mit Franz Kafka” (Koch 141–6). Letter to Gottfried Kölwel, January three, 1917 (B3 283). Max Brod, Über Franz Kafka (Frankfurt am major: Fischer, 1974), 211f. The studies of the analyzing within the Munich press are reproduced in: Franz Kafka. Kritik und Rezeption zu seinen Lebzeiten. 1912–1924, ed. Jürgen Born (Frankfurt am major: S. Fischer, 1979), 120–3. at the specific situations of Kafka’s interpreting and the unreliability of Pulver’s reminiscence, see Reiner Stach, Kafka: The Years of perception. Trans. Shelley Frisch. (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2013), 131ff. and 595, n. nine. 41Oskar Baum, “Rückblick auf eine Freundschaft” (Koch 75). 42The Browska cartoon has been released two times earlier than. It first seemed in 1962, integrated in an essay by way of Malcolm Pasley (“Franz Kafka MSS: Description and choose Inedita,” glossy Language evaluate, Vol. fifty seven, 55); then in 2007, within the magazine Edit (Issue forty two, 28), followed by way of a ahead via Hans-Gerd Koch, in addition to responses from 4 editors who bought the textual content with out realizing the author’s identification. 43T3 32–4. 44BChM 119–21. 45FdG 176f. 46Franz Kafka, Das Schloss, ed. Malcolm Pasley, second ed. (Frankfurt am major: S. Fischer, 1983), Editorial equipment 115–7. at the courting of this fragment, see p. sixty three. 47Franz Kafka, Topič [The Stoker], in: Kmen, Vol. IV, factor 6, 61–72. Letter to Milena Jesenská, may well nine, 1920 (M 8f. , relationship here's incorrect). Card to Ottla Kafka, may possibly eight, 1920 (O 87). at the caliber of Milena Jesenská’s translation, see Marek Nekula, Franz Kafkas Sprachen (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2003), 243ff. 48Puah Menczel-Ben-Tovim, “Ich conflict Kafkas Hebräischlehrerin” (Koch 177–9). Hartmut Binder, “Die Hebräischlehrerin Kafkas – Puah Ben-Tovim,” in Leben und Wirken. Unser erzieherisches Werk. In memoriam Dr. Josef Schlomo Menczel 1903–1953, ed. Puah Menczel-Ben-Tovim (Jerusalem: Dr. J. S. Men­czel Memorial origin, 1983), 48–50. The German translation of the draft of Kafka’s letter that looks in Harmut Binder’s essay served because the foundation for the English translation right here, with supplementary aid from Maya Barzilai and Yosefa Raz, who also reviewed the unique Hebrew textual content. 49The facsimile is taken from a ebook of the German Literary Archive: Franz Kafka. Der procedure. Die Handschrift redet (Marbacher Magazin 52), ed. Malcolm Pasley (Marbach am Neckar: Deutsche Schillergesellschaft, 1990), 6. 50Prager Tagblatt, December 31, 1899, 7. Max Brod, Über Franz Kafka (Frankfurt am major: Fischer, 1974), seventy six. 51Letter to Felice Bauer, January 8–9, 1913 (B2 26–9). 52Diary, November 27, 1910 (T1 100f. ). 53P 125f. 54BChM 104f. 55Letter to Felice Bauer, most likely February 1917 (B2 287–91). 56Letter to Felix Weltsch, Zürau, November 15, 1917 (B3 365f. ). Letter to Max Brod, Zürau, December three, 1917 (B3 373 f. ). 57Letter to Elsa and Max Brod, October 2–3, 1917 (B3 339 f. ). Letter from Elsa and Max Brod to Kafka, September 29, 1917 (B3 751).

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