Franz Kafka: The Poet Of Shame And Guilt (Jewish Lives)
  • Franz Kafka: The Poet Of Shame And Guilt (Jewish Lives)
  • Franz Kafka: The Poet Of Shame And Guilt (Jewish Lives)
ISBN: 0300136617
EAN13: 9780300136616
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 16, 2013
Pages: 200
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.4" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, a highly original and engaging appraisal of Franz Kafka's life, work, legacy, and thought

The work of a great historian paying careful attention to a great and disquieting writer.--Robert Eaglestone, Times Higher Education Supplement

Franz 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 stimulating book investigates some of the sources of Kafka's personal anguish and its complex reflections in his imaginary world.

In his query, Saul Friedl nder probes major aspects of Kafka's life (family, Judaism, love and sex, writing, illness, and despair) that until now have been skewed by posthumous censorship. Contrary to Kafka's dying request that all his papers be burned, 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. Friedl nder shows that, when reinserted in Kafka's letters and diaries, deleted segments lift the mask of sainthood frequently attached to the writer and thus restore previously hidden aspects of his individuality.

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