Meandering aimless but perfectly entertaining short life I have always been intrigued by Franz Kafka Learning about how his choices fit into his community was very enlightening The author weaves together
all his stories to support his statements and includes excerpts from other biographies The author s his stories to support his statements and includes excerpts from other biographies The author s as a Jewish man whose family came from Prague also really made connections for me Impressive tightly written and intelligent culturalcritical biography After reading two I want to read in this fascinating Jewish Lives series from Yale University Press This book is a part of a Jewish Lives series published by Yale University Press and the author Saul Friedlander won the Pulitzer for The Years of Extermination
"Nazi Germany And The Jews "Germany and the Jews 1945 The book is very academic and although 200 pages long contains 20 pages of references "The Uote From Marx That I Found "uote from Marx that I found was what havoc literature creates in certain heads It is like monkeys leaping about in the treetops instead of staying firmly on the ground There are a lot of monkeys leaping in this book as there are many theories that his writing expressed conflict between the father an Great biography The Max Brod biography certainly has its alities not in the least the fact that the author himself was an outstanding writer and intellectual like Kafka but also suffers from Brod being biased and omitting important information Friedl nder is a thorough exegete and a brilliant analyst he s read much of the important literature that in the course of time has been written about Kafka and his work and makes an excellent selection His writing is clever and interesting His judgement always well argued and nuanced And I think he was right on with his assesment of Kafka being above all a writer of his own desorientation and not so much a builder of systems and theories Although it focuses way too much on associating Kafka s li. From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series a highly original and engaging appraisal of Kafka’s life work legacy and thoughtFranz Kafka was the poet of his own disorder Throughout his life he struggled with a pervasive sense of shame and guilt that left traces in his daily existence in his many letters in his extensive diaries and especially in his fiction This stim. ,
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Fe events to his work in a shallow strategy to analyze some stories this biography is mandatory to any Kafka s aficionado since it resolves some flaws from the diaries edited by Max Brod by Light Structures - Structures of Light using the new German editions and comparing them to whatever Brod had omitted or changed This is just great fun to read and very informative Friedl nder meditates on the various connections between Kafka s life and the events he describes in his books and the text remains concise Friedlander is a perceptive and expressive writer There is hardly a dull paragraph here let alone a dull page which is just as well because the book is short andnfortunately it ends in a sort of sudden gasp Yet he picks Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires, up on a great variety of ideas and facets to Kafka s life and anyone who is familiar with the stories should appreciate thatOne facet hints at a very disturbing theory about FK the writer seems correct to include this having noticed some potential evidence for it But it is left hanging somewhat and as such it casts a shadow over the rest of the work In the same chapter there is annconvincing degree of association between
physical punishmenttorture and pleasure Kafka s interest in the former could easily be explained by his fearpunishmenttorture and pleasure Kafka s interest in the former could easily be explained by his fear itThe section on Judaism is superb This is not surprising when you look at the background of the author And yet even though this "book is written as a part of the series Jewish Lives Friedlander concludes with great honesty that Kafka "is written as a part of the series Jewish Lives Friedlander concludes with great honesty that Kafka not only ambivalent about his cultural background but actively sought to prevent it influencing his textsThere are a few other issues in chapter 4 when the author "s vocation as historian rather than literary critic is perhaps most "vocation as historian rather than literary critic is perhaps most On page 107 hardback discussing A Country Doctor he says that The outer blanket of snow of a white shroud could be an intimation of death which is just weak and Asimovs Science Fiction, July 2016 unnecessary On page 113 again regarding A Coun. Ulating book investigates some of the sources of Kafka’s personal anguish and its complex reflections in his imaginary worldIn hisery Saul Friedländer probes major aspects of Kafka’s life family Judaism love and sex writing illness and despair that ntil now have been skewed by posthumous censorship Contrary to Kafka’s dying reuest that all his papers be bu. Try Doctor the groom and the horses were sent by such an nknown entity but why The discussion of a demiurge or Fate later in the book may explain a little of what he was thinking but not how it enters into this analysis On a couple of occasions such as page 113 Friedlander says that Joseph K shouts before his execution and this is mistaken Similarly he describes Franz s briefe an Felice as almost daily when for much of the correspondence they were sent 2 or 3 times per day Small human errors shake the confidence of the readerKafka s life story Is Almost As Fascinating And Mysterious As almost as fascinating and mysterious as fiction But Friedlander is astute to point out at the end of his first chapter that Franz and all writers must necessarily exacerbate and dramatise their life experiences in order to create texts which surpass the earthliness of a single human life At times the biographer forgets that when he insists on transplanting
Events Into Stories And On Directly Translating Kafka S Symbolsinto stories and on directly translating Kafka s symbols their supposed reality and this is something else Friedlander warns against elsewhere But despite all my complaints the writer combines curiosity information and interpretation to great effect producing something readable and possibly inspiring This Bio piece focused on Kafka "the man and his inner trauma of sex and myth This bio seemed to lean "man and his inner trauma of sex and myth This bio seemed to lean Kafka being closeted in a number of ways Contradiction yet not Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition uite dualism seemed for Kafka a force not yet spent no matter what activity he did or didn t do This inability to suare away things to be at ease is a marker of the modern age that was arriving during Kafka s lifetime Beingnsure as a thought and Red Shoes for Lab Blues uneasy principle Self consumption of the self concentrating But there are always then one Somewhere between literary criticism contextual history and biography Uses Kafka s life circumstances in analysis of his work For only 161 pages manages to present a lot of angles. Rned Max Brod Kafka’s closest friend and literary executor edited and published the author’s novels and other works soon after his death in 1924 Friedländer shows that when reinserted in Kafka’s letters and diaries deleted segments lift the mask of “sainthood” freuently attached to the writer and thus restore previously hidden aspects of his individuality.