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Kafka, the early years

Author: Reiner Stach; Franz Kafka; Shelley Laura Frisch
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biografie
Biography
Named Person: Franz Kafka; Franz Kafka
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reiner Stach; Franz Kafka; Shelley Laura Frisch
ISBN: 9780691151984 0691151989 9780691178189 0691178186
OCLC Number: 962423512
Language Note: Text in English.
Notes: Translated from the German.
Awards: Long-listed for 2017 National Translation Award, American Literary Translators Association 2017
Description: xiv, 564 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Nothing Happening in Prague --
2. The Curtain Rises --
3. Giants: The Kafkas from Wosek --
4. Julie Löwy --
5. Losing Propositions --
6. Thoughts about Freud --
7. Kafka, Franz: Model Student --
8. A City Energized --
9. Elli, Valli, Ottla --
10. Latin, Bohemian, Mathematics, and Other Matters of the Heart --
11. Jewish Lessons --
12. Innocence and Impudence --
13 The Path to Freedom --
14 To Hell with German Studies --
15. Friend Max --
16. Enticements --
17. Informed Circles: Utitz, Weltsch, Fanta, Bergmann --
18. Autonomy and Recovery --
19. The Interior Landscape: "Description of a Struggle" --
20 Doctor of Law Seeking Employment --
21. Off to the Prostitutes --
22. Cafés, Geishas, Art, and Cinema --
23. The Formidable Assistant Official --
24. The Secret Writing School --
25. Landing in Brescia --
26. In the Heart of the West --
27. Ideas and Spirits: Buber, Steiner, Einstein --
28. Literature and Tourism.
Other Titles: Kafka, die frühen Jahre.
Responsibility: Reiner Stach ; translated by Shelley Frisch.
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"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."--

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