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Stach, Reiner

Overview
Works: 67 works in 237 publications in 3 languages and 4,335 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Miscellanea  Records and correspondence  Bibliography  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, Editor, Creator, Compiler
Classifications: PT2621.A26, B
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Most widely held works by Reiner Stach
Kafka, the decisive years by Reiner Stach( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the second volume (but the first volume written) of a planned three-volume, definitive biography of Franz Kafka. Eighty years after his death in 1924, Kafka remains one of the most intriguing figures in the history of world literature. Now, after more than a decade of research, working with over four thousand pages of journal entries, letters, and literary fragments, Reiner Stach re-creates the atmosphere in which Kafka lived and worked from 1910 to 1915. These are the years of Kafka's fascination with early forms of Zionism despite his longing to be assimilated into the minority German culture in Prague; of his off-again, on-again engagement to Felice Bauer; of the outbreak of World War I; and above all of the composition of his seminal works-The Metamorphosis, Amerika, The Judgment, and The Trial
Kafka, the years of insight by Reiner Stach( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of Reiner Stach's acclaimed and definitive biography of Franz Kafka tells the story of the final years of the writer's life, from 1916 to 1924--a period during which the world Kafka had known came to an end. Stach's riveting narrative, which reflects the latest findings about Kafka's life and works, draws readers in with a nearly cinematic power, zooming in for extreme close-ups of Kafka's personal life, then pulling back for panoramic shots of a wider world scarred by World War I, disease, and inflation. In these years, Kafka was spared military service at the front, yet his work as a civil servant brought him into chilling proximity with its grim realities. He was witness to unspeakable misery, lost the financial security he had been counting on to lead the life of a writer, and remained captive for years in his hometown of Prague. The outbreak of tuberculosis and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire constituted a double shock for Kafka, and made him agonizingly aware of his increasing rootlessness. He began to pose broader existential questions, and his writing grew terser and more reflective, from the parable-like Country Doctor stories and A Hunger Artist to The Castle. A door seemed to open in the form of a passionate relationship with the Czech journalist Milena Jesenská. But the romance was unfulfilled and Kafka, an incurably ill German Jew with a Czech passport, continued to suffer. However, his predicament only sharpened his perceptiveness, and the final period of his life became the years of insight
Kafka, the early years by Reiner Stach( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in German and English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How did Kafka become Kafka? This eagerly anticipated third and final volume of Reiner Stach's definitive biography answers that question with more facts, detail, and insight than ever before, describing the complex personal, political, and cultural circumstances that shaped the young Franz Kafka (1883-1924). It tells the story of the years from his birth in Prague to the beginning of his professional and literary career in 1910, taking the reader up to just before the breakthrough that resulted in his first masterpieces, including "The Metamorphosis." Brimming with vivid and often startling details, Stach's narrative invites readers deep inside this neglected period of Kafka's life. The book's richly atmospheric portrait of his German Jewish merchant family and his education, psychological development, and sexual maturation draw on numerous sources, some still unpublished, including family letters, schoolmates' memoirs, and early diaries of his close friend Max Brod. The biography also provides a colorful panorama of Kafka's wider world, especially the convoluted politics and culture of Prague. Before World War I, Kafka lived in a society at the threshold of modernity but torn by conflict, and Stach provides poignant details of how the adolescent Kafka witnessed violent outbreaks of anti-Semitism and nationalism. The reader also learns how he developed a passionate interest in new technologies, particularly movies and airplanes, and why another interest--his predilection for the back-to-nature movement--stemmed from his "nervous" surroundings rather than personal eccentricity. The crowning touch to a masterly biography, this is an unmatched account of how a boy who grew up in an old Central European monarchy became a writer who helped create modern literature."--
Kafka, die Jahre der Entscheidungen by Reiner Stach( Book )

38 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1. Teil der Biografie des Schriftstellers über die Jahre 1910-15
Is that Kafka? : 99 finds by Reiner Stach( Book )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafkas erotischer Mythos : eine ästhetische Konstruktion des Weiblichen by Reiner Stach( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in German and Undetermined and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Briefwechsel mit Autoren by Gottfried Bermann Fischer( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in German and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 Jahre S. Fischer Verlag, 1886-1986 : kleine Verlagsgeschichte by Reiner Stach( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in German and Undetermined and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ist das Kafka? : 99 Fundstücke by Reiner Stach( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in German and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 Jahre S. Fischer, 1886-1986 : das Klassische Programm : ein Lesebuch by S. Fischer Verlag( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in German and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zur Psychologie des Laufens( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in German and Undetermined and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafkas letzte Liebe : die Biographie von Dora Diamant by Kathi Diamant( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a translation of a biography of Dora Diamant (1898-1952), best remembered as the last lover of German-language writer Franz Kafka and the person who kept some of his last writings in her possession until they were confiscated by the Gestapo in 1933. This retention was expressly against the wishes of Kafka who had requested shortly before his death that they be destroyed. Using personal recollections, private papers and newly opened archives in the former Soviet bloc, the author tells the story of a Polish Jewish refugee who fled her Orthodox family, meeting Kafka by the Baltic Sea, and it was love at first sight, although Kafka was already gravely ill with the tuberculosis that killed him just a year later. Their brief but intense time together illuminates both Kafka's genius and Dora's cheerful enjoyment of life, and serves as prelude to the traumas Dora faced after Kafka's death. A Jew and a communist, Dora, along with her husband and daughter, fled Hitler's Germany only to meet with disaster in Moscow
Das Urteil by Franz Kafka( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une nouvelle de 1912, dans laquelle Kafka évoque la relation tyrannique qui le lie avec son père-sphinx (cf. la postface, p. 31-36). Fâcheuse erreur de date en couverture quatre (1928 pour 1912)
Kafka by Reiner Stach( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in 3 languages and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

100 Jahre S. Fischer-Verlag 1886 - 1986 : das klassische Programm; ein Lesebuch by Main> S.-Fischer-Verlag <Frankfurt( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franz Kafka lernt Felice Bauer kennen ; Franz Kafka nimmt Weihnachtsurlaub : Bausteine einer Biographie by Reiner Stach( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafkas Spiele eine kleine, kommentierte Kreuzfahrt durch Kafkas Nachlass by Franz Kafka( Recording )

3 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafkas Geheimnis. Eine Einführung Ein Hörbuch von Reiner Stach in der Reihe: Kafka verstehen. by Reiner Stach( Recording )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafka( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kafka (eGalley) : the Years of Insight by Reiner Stach( )

in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Kafka, the decisive years
Alternative Names
Reiner Stach deutscher Autor, Biograf und Herausgeber

Reiner Stach Duits schrijver

Reiner Stach German-language author, biographer, publicist, and publisher

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German (141)

English (28)

Spanish (7)

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