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Franz Kafka : The Poet of Shame and Guilt / Saul Friedländer.

Author/Creator:
Friedländer, Saul, author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2013]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Series:
Jewish Lives
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Authors, Austrian -- 20th century -- Biography.
Jewish authors -- Biography -- Austria -- Austria.
Jewish authors -- Austria -- Biography.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Son
2. "The Dark Complexity of Judaism"
3. Love, Sex, and Fantasies
4. Night Journey
5. The Writer and His Worlds
6. An Ultimate Quest for Meaning?
Notes
Index of Names
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300195156
OCLC:
841495441
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300195156 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.