Franz Kafka (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

Franz Kafka (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

Sander L. Gilman


The conflation of fact and the wonderful, ambiguity, the relentless war of words with horror, the fractured experience of identification: Franz Kafka created a unconditionally distinctive and enduring worldview via his literature and existence, and he is still one of many primary 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 fully obtainable narrative of the literary master's life.

Gilman makes a speciality of the connection among Kafka's lifestyles 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 and create an identification in a global the place being a critical eu Jew dictated an uneasy destiny. the quantity emphasizes in specific the picture and function of the Jew in Kafka's glossy global and the way Kafka replied to triumphing attitudes, repressive activities, and stereotypes in society at huge. Gilman additionally examines the impact of psychoanalytic principles on Kafka and his works, exploring how Kafka wove such psychoanalytic reports 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 by means of such illustrious minds as Walter Benjamin and Ted Hughes. 

Franz Kafka beneficial properties illuminating archival pictures and illustrations in addition to a accomplished bibliography and filmography of labor through and approximately Kafka. This succinct but penetrating quantity bargains important and unique perception into how Kafka's lifestyles and paintings formed how we understand our smooth society and how, indeed, some point of the area is usually "Kafkaesque."

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