Kafka: The Torment of Man by René Marill-Albérès, Pierre de Boisdeffre, Margaret C.

By René Marill-Albérès, Pierre de Boisdeffre, Margaret C. O'Riley, Wade Baskin

This is a learn of Kafka's tragic imaginative and prescient of existence, his profoundly anxious wisdom of man's utter loneliness in a pitiless universe, and his artistry in effecting an odd intimate fusion among symbolism and realism—between anguished poetic narration and the terrifying truth of an absurd and ambiguous atmosphere. The ebook discusses the old surroundings, the literary currents, and the private information affecting the improvement of Kafka's genius: his isolation in a labyrinthine universe; his sufferings, ailment and loss of life; his effect and survival via his artwork. The crucial concept of the booklet is summed up in a citation from Jean-Paul Sartre: "I don't have anything to assert approximately Kafka other than that he's one of many rarest and maximum writers of our time." The authors are experts in modern literature.

Translated from the French by means of Wade Baskin.

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O’Riley Translator’s Foreword I. Birth and Development of Genius—Kafka before Kafka (1883-1913) II. Kafka’s Torment—The Post-Naturalist Generation (1906-1913) III. Kafka and the Prospect of Marriage (1912-1921) IV. The Burrow of the Individual and the Labyrinth of Men V. The Survivor—Loneliness, Creation, and the Prospect of Death—The Last Love Affair—Sickness, Death, and Survival (1921-1924) VI. From Allegory to Legend—Myths and Influence of Kafka Chronology of Important Dates Bibliography INTRODUCTION During his lifetime Franz Kafka remained almost utterly unknown.

It matters little that Karl humbly carves out for himself a place in the Stifling, hierarchical organization of a large hotel (characteristic of the organs of Administration that crowded Kafka’s universe), then falls into the hands of a crook and a madwoman before he finally discovers hope of a job and happiness by joining a gigantic circus which contrasts sharply, by virtue of its good organization and its attentiveness to its employees, with the absurd Administration of the hotel. It is indeed an optimistic theme—generosity compensates for absurdity and incoherence—which Kafka had begun to develop in the first chapter of Amerika.

Donald Brown, Mr. Gene Franks, Mme. Nicole Hatfield, Mrs. Mary Frye, M. Dominique Penot, Miss Mildred Riling and Dr. Hans Schmitt. For the shortcomings which persist despite their contributions, I alone am responsible. W. B. 1 It would be tempting for us to approach the work of Kafka without stopping to examine the circumstances surrounding his birth. Indeed, many critics today claim that only the internal study of a text has any worth and that all other considerations must be excluded. 3 Quite apart from its necessity, however, internal criticism alone will not illuminate Kafka’s work.

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