Is that Kafka? 99 Finds (2020)

Is that Kafka Finds 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 anothe
  • Title: Is that Kafka? 99 Finds
  • Author: Reiner Stach Kurt Beals
  • ISBN: 9780811221238
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Is that Kafka? 99 Finds
    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 personaliIn 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 knowledgeable commentaries Illustrated with dozens of previously unknown images, this volume is a singular literary pleasure.
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    1. Did you know Kafka s favourite farm implement was a plough Did you know Kafka loved blue eyed five year olds called Joris Did you know Kafka was a slovenly eater of shellfish Did you know Kafka had a pet cockatoo with a fondness for Mozart Did you know Kafka s favourite member of Thee Headcoatees was Kyra Did you know Kafka s skill for replacing light bulbs was deemed lamentable Did you know Kafka once poured baken beans over Max Brod s head Did you know Kafka s skill at softshoe was praised up [...]

    2. Is that Kafka is a compilation of 99 things about Kafka that Reiner Stach found while researching and writing his massive 3 volume biography I own and am itching to read this work Is that Kafka may be seen as a starter, something to whet the appetite before the main dish The finds are also supposed to counteract the popular yet often misguided image of Kafka To this end, I think it succeeds in sketching quite a complete and variegated picture of Franz not just gloomy and ethereal K, but also fun [...]

    3. I really hope that coffee table books about modernist writers becomes a profitable sub genre, so I can go on reading pleasant books like this one It s funny, touching, and wonderfully fanboyish luckily, Stach knows everything he wrote a three volume biography of Kafka, for goodness sake , so it s also informative and responsible My only complaint is that quoted texts are presented in a sans serif bold font What the hell, typesetters

    4. Who Was Kafka A collection of ephemera complicates the picture of Franz Kafka as a tortured neurotic.By Reiner Stachin thenation article who

    5. Pi che un libro, un aperitivo , un invito a prendere o riprendere in mano qualcosa scritto da Kafka e non qualcosa scritto su di lui Ch poi, qui di scritto su di lui nel senso di riflessione critica c davvero poco, e se alcuni di questi reperti cos definiti nel libro possono aiutare a capire qualcosa di pi del Kafka scrittore, la maggior parte di essi affrontano aspetti della vita del Kafka uomo davvero poco rilevanti, spesso calcando la mano sul ridicolo o sulla curiosit pi morbosa E poi, forse [...]

    6. in einer sorgsam ausgew hlten und in gut strukturierten gruppen aufbereiteten anzahl von fundst cken n hert sich reiner stach in diesem buch anhand selektierter gemmen an den menschen kafka an fragw rdiges, unsicheres, seltsames aber auch ber hrendes, sch nes und komisches aus archiven, nachl ssen und anderen quellen wird pr sentiertben dem beeindruckenden effekt, kafka so von den unterschiedlichsten seiten n hertreten zu k nnen, macht das buch auch lust auf die arbeit der recherche, die wie bei [...]

    7. i romani dicono che la cosa pi bella di milano il treno per roma ecco la cosa pi bella di questo libro stata sassarlo via a pagina 49 all inizio del capitolo kafka sputa dal balcone non una battuta in precedenza mi sono sciroppata kafka bara all esame di maturit , kafka fa ginnastica con metodo e kafka beve birra ci fosse almeno la speranza di un kafka contro godzilla o kafka e l onorevole peppone, ma il livello sta scendendo precipitosamente verso kafka medico della saub, e io non sono una fan [...]

    8. A collection of anecdotes, trivia, and ephemera that cuts against the caricature of Kafka as the surreal morbid neurotic Kafka is wildly conventional, and the book does solid work in defining normalcy for the Jewish world of Prague in the first quarter of the 20th century Girlfriends, familial disputes about child rearing, airshows, beer, none of it adds up to a new lens to unravel the fiction Instead of an inscrutable genius we have someone easy to identify with a loving brother and uncle, a re [...]

    9. C una malattia soltanto, non di pi , e la medicina insegue quest unica malattia come un animale attraverso foreste infinite Lettera a Max Brod, fine aprile 1921 p 99

    10. I might one day read the enormous biography this dude has written In the meantime, this assortment of freaky things about Kafka is just fantastic Really good photos and illustration too.

    11. Ach, g be es doch f r jeden Schriftsteller so ein Buch Wer sich Reiner Stachs dreib ndige Monster Biographie Franz Kafkas nicht antun will, dem erschlie t sich hier aus 99 Fragmenten Zeitungsartikel, Briefe, Tagebucheintragungen, Fotos ein faszinierendes, faszinierend neues Bild des Dichters, den man sonst nur mit dr ckenden Dystopien verbindet Ob es Kafkas Kinderliebe ist, die anekdotisch geschildert wird, seine sympathische Weigerung, faktische Fehler in seinen Werken sp ter auszubessern, sein [...]

    12. This collection of anecdotes, letters, diary entries, miscellaneous documents, testimonies, etc, put in perspective known and some unknown aspects of Kafka s literary life For the Kafka reader, these fragments do not surprise For the average Kafka reader, these fragments appear as a revelation In general they are an invitation to reread and read Kafka s great work.

    13. A treat for the Kafka fan, the selections in this book draw a very human, fascinating portrait of a man wrongly seen as tortured and miserable as the characters he created For my full review see wp p4GDHM mO

    14. Kafka once gave a beggar a two crown coin and asked for one crown back.Kafka was afraid of mice.Kafka once intended to publish a travel guide.Kafka liked to drink beer.Kafka once received a letter from a confused reader begging him to explain what the hell The Metamorphosis was about.There you have it 99 pieces of trivia about Kafka If you re into Kafka, you re gonna enjoy this book.

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