In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesenská, was a gifter and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius and his even more complex character. For thirty-six-year-old Kafka, she was "a living fire, such as I have never seen." It was to Milena that he revealed his most intimate self and, eventually, entrusted his diaries for safekeeping.
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About the Author
Date of Birth:July 3, 1883
Date of Death:June 3, 1924
Place of Birth:Prague, Austria-Hungary
Place of Death:Vienna, Austria
Education:German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.
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These letters are heartbreaking and deeply moving. They are written by a great genius who is speaking to a woman he longs for and yet knows he cannot have. They are in one sense a study in torment and anxiety, and another a literary document of great power and beauty. Milena was a great soul a translator of Kafka who understood that she was connected with an extraordinary genius. The impossibility of their love and yet the great sense of meaning in their meetings make these letters so powerful and great. Kafka could describe the most everyday reality and turn it into a work of wonder. And this too in relation to his own feelings toward Milena.