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Kafka: A Writer's Life

Kafka: A Writer's Life

Kafka: A Writer's Life

By Joachim Unseld

"We have before us a book that is to be recommended to everyone who wants to gain a nuanced picture of Kafka and the literary world he inhabited."—Süddeutsche Zeitung

"It is refreshing. . .to have a work which provides us with new insights as well as new facts."—World Literature Today

Franz Kafka's wishes concerning publication of his works during his lifetime as well as the disposition of his literary estate have long been controversial and have given rise to many misunderstandings and misrepresentations—some attaining an almost folkloric status. The prevalent view of an author who desired to have his works destroyed contradicts the reality shown here of the close, symbiotic relationship between Kafka's private life and his literary ambitions. Particular attention is given to Kafka's relationship to and interactions with his publishers, as Unseld discloses the history of the primary correspondence between Kafka and Ernst Rowohlt, Kurt Wolff, and his friend and tireless advocate, Max Brod.

393 pages
Ariadne Press, 1994
6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
ISBN 9780929497785

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