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Kafka, the decisive years

Author: Reiner Stach; Shelley Laura Frisch
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Franz Kafka; Franz Kafka; Franz Kafka
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Reiner Stach; Shelley Laura Frisch
ISBN: 0151007527 9780151007523
OCLC Number: 60419722
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: vi, 581 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: At home with the Kafkas --
Bachelors, young and old --
Actors, Zionists, wild people --
Literature and loneliness: Leipzig and Weimar --
Last stop Jungborn --
A young lady from Berlin --
The ecstasy of beginning: "The judgment" and "The stoker" --
A near defenestration --
The girl, the lady, and the woman --
Love and a longing for letters --
Exultant weeks, little intrigues --
The Bauer family --
American and back: The man who disappeared --
The lives of metaphors: "The metamorphosis" --
The fear of going mad --
Balkan War: the massacre next door --
1913 --
The man who disappeared: perfection and disintegration --
Invention and exaggeration --
Sexual trepidation and surrender --
The working world: high tech and the ghosts of bureaucracy --
The proposal --
Literature, nothing but literature --
Three Congresses in Vienna --
Trieste, Venice, Verona, Riva --
Grete Bloch: the messenger arrives --
An all-time low --
Kafka and Musil --
Matrimonial plans and asceticism --
Tribunal in Berlin --
The great war --
Self-inflicted justice: The trial and "In the penal colony" --
The return of the East --
The grand disruption --
No-man's land.
Other Titles: Kafka, die Jahre der Entscheidungen.
Responsibility: Reiner Stach ; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch.
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Recreates the atmosphere in which Kafka (one of the most intriguing figures in world literature) lived and worked from 1910 to 1915 - years of his fascination with early forms of Zionism, his on/off  Read more...

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"Astonishingly, there was no good biography of Kafka. Finally, here it is." - Die Zeit"

 
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