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Franz Kafka : The Poet of Shame and Guilt (Reprint) (Paperback) (Saul Friedlau0308nder)

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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 world.

In his query, Saul Friedländer 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 in 1924. Friedländer 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.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 183
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Series Title: Jewish Lives
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Saul Friedlau0308nder
Language: English
Street Date: March 22, 2016
TCIN: 51037656
UPC: 9780300219722
Item Number (DPCI): 248-14-5801
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