Kafka: The Decisive Years

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Harcourt, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 581 pages
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This is the first of a three-volume, definitive biography of Franz Kafka. Eighty years after his death in 1924, Kafka remains one of the most intriguing figures in the history of world literature. Now, after more than a decade of research, working with over four thousand pages of journal entries, letters, and literary fragments, Reiner Stach re-creates the atmosphere in which Kafka lived and worked from 1910 to 1915. These are the years of Kafka's fascination with early forms of Zionism despite his longing to be assimilated into the minority German culture in Prague; of his off-again, on-again engagement to Felice Bauer; of the outbreak of World War I; and above all of the composition of his seminal works-The Metamorphosis, Amerika, The Judgment, and The Trial.

Kafka:The Decisive Years-at once an extraordinary portrait of the writer and an original contribution to the art of literary biography.

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Review: Kafka: The Decisive Years (Kafka #2)

User Review  - Alex Obrigewitsch - Goodreads

An excellent biography of the slipperiest of writers. A piece, a part, a fragment, nonetheless. On to the Years of Insight. Read full review

Review: Kafka: The Decisive Years (Kafka #2)

User Review  - Marilyn Moreau - Goodreads

Very well researched, thought out, and presented. A study not only Kafka's life, but his works as well. Highly recommended. Read full review

About the author (2005)

REINER STACH is a widely respected writer, editor, and scholar. After working extensively on the definitive edition of Kafka's collected works, he devoted more than a decade to researching and writing this biography. He lives in Hamburg.

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