A Kafka bag full of surprises. "
A Kafka bag full of surprises.
This collection, original and entertaining, is a masterful, exciting mix of diligent research and sophisticated literary gossip.
A mishmash of ephemera, curiosities and confessionals as engaging and illustrative a portrait of the artist as any I've read.--Pasha Malla"
A playful new book from Reiner Stach, one that pulls together ninety nine facts and observations from the Czech author s life, all with the purpose of clearing the brush of falsehoods about the man that linger in the public imagination.--Jonathon Sturgeon"
In the course of compiling his highly acclaimed, three-volume life of Kafka, Reiner Stach made one astounding discovery after another: original writings, unexpected photographs, inconsistencies in handwritten texts, surprising excerpts from letters, and testimonies from Kafka s contemporaries that shed surprising light on his personality and his writing.
Is that Kafka? presents tasty morsels all about the real Kafka: he couldn t lie, but he cheated 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 to children; odd things made him cry or made him furious; he adored slapstick. Every discovery by Stach chips away at the stereotypical version of Kafka as the dark, sexless, tortured neurotic and laughter, of all things, becomes the keynote."
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