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Meandering, aimless, but perfectly entertaining short life. I have always been intrigued by Franz Kafka Learningabout how his choices fit into his community was very enlightening The author weaves together all his stories to support his statements and includes excerpts from other biographies The author s background, as a Jewish man whose family came from Prague also, really made connections for me. Friedlander is a perceptive and expressive writer There is hardly a dull paragraph here, let alone a dull page, which is just as well, because the book is short, and unfortunately it ends in a sort of sudden gasp Yet he picks up on a great variety of ideas and facets to Kafka s life, and anyone who is familiar with the stories should appreciate that.One facet hints at a very disturbing theory about FK the writer seems correct to include this, having noticed some potential evidence for it But it is left hanging somewhat, and as such it casts a shadow over the rest of the work In the same chapter there is an unconvincing degree of association between physical punishment torture and pleasure Kafka s interest in the former couldeasily be explained by his fear of it.The section on Judaism is superb This is not surprising when you look at the background of the author And yet, even though this book is written as a part of the series Jewish Lives , Friedlander concludes with great honesty that Kafka was not only ambivalent about his cultural background, but actively sought to prevent it influencing his texts.There are a few other issues in chapter 4, when the author s vocation as historian rather than literary critic is perhaps most evident On page 107 hardback, discussing A Country Doctor he says that The outer blanket of snow, of a white shroud, could be an intimation of death , which is just weak and unnecessary On page 113 again regarding A Country Doctor the groom and the horses were sent by such an unknown entity but why The discussion of a demiurge or Fate later in the book may explain a little of what he was thinking, but not how it enters into this analysis On a couple of occasions, such as page 113, Friedlander says that Joseph K shouts before his execution, and this is mistaken Similarly he describes Franz s briefe an Felice as almost daily when for much of the correspondence they were sent 2 or 3 times per day Small, human errors shake the confidence of the reader.Kafka s life story is almost as fascinating and mysterious as his fiction But Friedlander is astute to point out, at the end of his first chapter, that Franz and all writers must necessarily exacerbate and dramatise their life experiences in order to create texts which surpass the earthliness of a single human life At times the biographer forgets that, when he insists on transplanting events into stories, and on directly translating Kafka s symbols into their supposed reality and this is something else Friedlander warns against elsewhere But despite all my complaints, the writer combines curiosity, information, and interpretation to great effect, producing something readable and possibly inspiring. Great biography The Max Brod biography certainly has its qualities not in the least the fact that the author himself was an outstanding writer and intellectual, like Kafka but also suffers from Brod being biased and omitting important information Friedl nder is a thorough exegete and a brilliant analyst he s read much of the important literature that in the course of time has been written about Kafka and his work and makes an excellent selection His writing is clever and interesting His judgement always well argued and nuanced And I think he was right on with his assesment of Kafka being, above all, a writer of his own desorientation, and not so much a builder of systems and theories. Although it focuses way too much on associating Kafka s life events to his work, in a shallow strategy to analyze some stories, this biography is mandatory to any Kafka s aficionado since it resolves some flaws from the diaries edited by Max Brod, by using the new German editions and comparing them to whatever Brod had omitted or changed. This Bio piece focused on Kafka the man and his inner trauma of sex and myth This bio seemed to lean on Kafka being closeted in a number of ways Contradiction, yet not quite dualism seemed for Kafka a force not yet spent no matter what activity he did or didn t do This inability to square away things, to be at ease is a marker of the modern age that was arriving during Kafka s lifetime Being unsure as a thought, and uneasy principle Self consumption of the self concentrating But there are alwaysthen one. |Download Book ⚓ Franz Kafka ☧ A Highly Original And Engaging Appraisal Of Kafka S Life, Work, Legacy, And Thought Franz Kafka Was The Poet Of His Own Disorder Throughout His Life He Struggled With A Pervasive Sense Of Shame And Guilt That Left Traces In His Daily Existence In His Many Letters, In His Extensive Diaries, And Especially In His Fiction This Stimulating Book Investigates Some Of The Sources Of Kafka S Personal Anguish And Its Complex Reflections In His Imaginary WorldIn His Query, Saul Friedl Nder Probes Major Aspects Of Kafka S Life Family, Judaism, Love And Sex, Writing, Illness, And Despair That Until Now Have Been Skewed By Posthumous Censorship Contrary To Kafka S Dying Request That All His Papers Be Burned, Max Brod, Kafka S Closest Friend And Literary Executor, Edited And Published The Author S Novels And Other Works Soon After His Death InFriedl Nder Shows That, When Reinserted In Kafka S Letters And Diaries, Deleted Segments Lift The Mask Of Sainthood Frequently Attached To The Writer And Thus Restore Previously Hidden Aspects Of His Individuality Friedl nder schl gt einige neuartige Ansichten zu Kafka, seinem Werk und seinem Leben vor Er liebt den Autor, dessen Werk Extrem interessant und nicht immer ganz einfach. Impressive, tightly written and intelligent cultural critical biography After reading two, I want to readin this fascinating Jewish Lives series from Yale University Press. Somewhere between literary criticism, contextual history, and biography Uses Kafka s life circumstances in analysis of his work For only 161 pages manages to present a lot of angles.