Is That Kafka?

Is That Kafka?

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WW Norton
Out of the massive research for an authoritative 1,500-page biography emerges this wunderkammer of 99 delightfully odd facts about Kafka
In the course of compiling his highly acclaimed three-volume biography of Kafka, while foraying to libraries and archives from Prague to Israel, Reiner Stach made one astounding discovery after another: unexpected photographs, inconsistencies in handwritten texts, excerpts from letters, and testimonies from Kafka’s contemporaries that shed surprising light on his personality and his writing. Is that Kafka? presents the crystal granules of the real Kafka: he couldn’t lie, but he tried to cheat on his high-school exams; bitten by the fitness fad, he avidly followed the regime of a Danish exercise guru; he drew beautifully; he loved beer; he read biographies voraciously; he made the most beautiful presents, especially for children; odd things made him cry or made him furious; he adored slapstick. Every discovery by Stach turns on its head the stereotypical version of the tortured neurotic—and as each one chips away at the monolithic dark Kafka, the keynote, of all things, becomes laughter.For Is that Kafka? Stach has assembled 99 of his most exciting discoveries, culling the choicest, most entertaining bits, and adding his knowledge-able commentaries. Illustrated with dozens of previously unknown images, this volume is a singular literary pleasure.

Baker & Taylor
Collects ninety-nine interesting facts about Franz Kafka, who was notoriously known to be tortured and dark, and shows him in a brighter, happier light.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of an acclaimed, three-volume, 1,500 page biography of Franz Kafka, distills his opus into 99 interesting facts about him, including that he avidly followed a Danish fitness guru, he loved beer and he had a knack for drawing.

Publisher: New York :, New Directions Books,, 2016
Description: xv, 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780811221238
0811221237
Branch Call Number: 833.09 Kaf

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