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Letters to Felice

Letters to Felice

By Franz Kafka
Edited by Erich Heller and Jurgen Born
Translated by James Stern and Elisabeth Duckworth

“Some of the most heartrending ‘love letters’ ever written.”—Morris Dickstein, The New York Times Book Review

“Kafka’s correspondence with Felice has all the earmarks of his fiction—the same nervous attention to minute particulars, the same paranoid awareness of shifting balances of power, the same atmosphere of emotional suffocation—combined, surprisingly enough, with moments of boyish ardor and delight. Taken together, Elias Canetti observes, the letters provide an index of the emotional events that would inspire The Trial—a novel, Canetti argues, in which Kafka’s engagement to Felice is reimagined as the mysterious and menacing arrest of the hero.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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