Franz Kafka (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

By Sander L. Gilman

The conflation of fact and the wonderful, ambiguity, the relentless disagreement with horror, the fractured experience of identification: Franz Kafka created a unconditionally specified and enduring worldview via his literature and lifestyles, and he continues to be one of many significant highbrow and cultural figures of our time. Sander L. Gilman brings jointly Kafka's literary works, own writings, and biography to create a compelling and entirely obtainable narrative of the literary master's life.

Gilman specializes in the connection among Kafka's existence and paintings, reconstructing either Kafka's cultural setting and the writer's conceptual knowing of his personal physique. Kafka's letters, diaries, and writings emerge in Gilman's research as home windows into his ongoing try to create an id in a global the place being a relevant eu Jew dictated an uneasy destiny. the quantity emphasizes in specific the picture and position of the Jew in Kafka's glossy international and the way Kafka spoke back to winning attitudes, repressive activities, and stereotypes in society at huge. Gilman additionally examines the impression of psychoanalytic principles on Kafka and his works, exploring how Kafka wove such psychoanalytic reviews into his literature. Gilman concludes with attention of the "Kafka-myth" and the wealth of fabric rising from it over the last 80 years, together with paintings via such illustrious minds as Walter Benjamin and Ted Hughes. 

Franz Kafka gains illuminating archival pictures and illustrations in addition to a complete bibliography and filmography of labor by way of and approximately Kafka. This succinct but penetrating quantity bargains helpful and unique perception into how Kafka's lifestyles and paintings formed how we understand our glossy society and how, indeed, some element of the area is often "Kafkaesque."

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