Franz Kafka: A Biography

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Max Brod, a successful novelist, was a boyhood companion of Kafka's and remained closely tied to him until Kafka's death in 1924. He was undoubtedly the one man whom Kafka trusted more than any other, and it is to Brod, as his literary executor and editor, that we are indebted for rescuing and bringing to light Kafka's work. Out of a lifelong devoted friendship, Brod drew this account of Kafka's youth, family and friends, his struggle to recognize himself as a writer, his sickness, and his last days. Franz Kafka ...

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Overview

Max Brod, a successful novelist, was a boyhood companion of Kafka's and remained closely tied to him until Kafka's death in 1924. He was undoubtedly the one man whom Kafka trusted more than any other, and it is to Brod, as his literary executor and editor, that we are indebted for rescuing and bringing to light Kafka's work. Out of a lifelong devoted friendship, Brod drew this account of Kafka's youth, family and friends, his struggle to recognize himself as a writer, his sickness, and his last days. Franz Kafka gives us not only a more vivid and lifelike picture of Kafka than that painted by any of his contemporaries, but also a fascinating portrayal of the complicated interaction between two writers of different temperaments but similar backgrounds who together helped shape the future of twentieth-century literature.

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Editorial Reviews

Alfred Kavin
[This] biography is the primary source of our knowledge of Kafka's personal life and character and is invaluable to anyone at all interested in the mind of the Czech genius.
—Alfred Kavin, New York Herald Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306806704
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 295
  • Sales rank: 1,013,141
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Brod(1884–1968) is best known for his historical novels and as the editor of Kafka's writings. He also wrote a biography of Heine, an autobiography, plays, poems, essays, and musical compositions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    The work of a true friend of genius

    Max Brod was not only the best friend of Kafka ,he was the person who literally saved Kafka's writings from the flames.Kafka willed that his work be destroyed but his friend Brod,fortunately for world literature, did not heed this request. Brod a prolific and well- known writer himself had the wisdom and generosity of spirit to understand that it was his friend who was the great genius .In this highly important book historically he gives his version of his friend 's life and work. This is an invaluable source for all scholars of Kafka,and though it be in some sense surpassed by subsequent scholarship it remains a primal document of great importance.

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