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The Resource Kafka, the years of insight, Reiner Stach ; translated by Shelley Frisch

Kafka, the years of insight, Reiner Stach ; translated by Shelley Frisch

Label
Kafka, the years of insight
Title
Kafka, the years of insight
Statement of responsibility
Reiner Stach ; translated by Shelley Frisch
Creator
Contributor
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
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
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stach, Reiner
Dewey number
  • 833/.912
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PT2621.A26
LC item number
Z886313 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Frisch, Shelley Laura
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kafka, Franz
  • Authors, Austrian
Label
Kafka, the years of insight, Reiner Stach ; translated by Shelley Frisch
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 647-664) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: the ants of Prague -- Stepping outside the self -- No literary prize for Kafka -- "Civilian kavka": the work of war -- The marvel of Marienbad -- What do I have in common with Jews? -- Kafka encounters his readers -- The alchemist -- Ottla and Felice -- The country doctor ventures out -- Mycobacterium tuberculosis -- Zürau's ark -- Meditations -- Spanish influenza, Czech revolt, Jewish angst -- The pariah girl -- The unposted letter to Hermann Kafka -- Merano, second class -- Milena -- Living fires -- The big nevertheless -- Escape to the mountains -- Fever and snow: Tatranské Matliary -- The internal and the external clock -- The personal myth: the castle -- Retiree and Hunger artist -- The Palestinian -- Dora -- The edge of Berlin -- Last sorrow -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn819531661
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
682 pages, [32] plates
Isbn
9780691165844
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2012042048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691147512
  • (OCoLC)819531661
Label
Kafka, the years of insight, Reiner Stach ; translated by Shelley Frisch
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 647-664) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: the ants of Prague -- Stepping outside the self -- No literary prize for Kafka -- "Civilian kavka": the work of war -- The marvel of Marienbad -- What do I have in common with Jews? -- Kafka encounters his readers -- The alchemist -- Ottla and Felice -- The country doctor ventures out -- Mycobacterium tuberculosis -- Zürau's ark -- Meditations -- Spanish influenza, Czech revolt, Jewish angst -- The pariah girl -- The unposted letter to Hermann Kafka -- Merano, second class -- Milena -- Living fires -- The big nevertheless -- Escape to the mountains -- Fever and snow: Tatranské Matliary -- The internal and the external clock -- The personal myth: the castle -- Retiree and Hunger artist -- The Palestinian -- Dora -- The edge of Berlin -- Last sorrow -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn819531661
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
682 pages, [32] plates
Isbn
9780691165844
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2012042048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691147512
  • (OCoLC)819531661

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