Today - at the time of this writing, Stach's work brings to mind what I take to be the narrative strategy and design of Proust's novel. Thousands of pages of narrative of experience - with very little sense that the narrator knows what it all adds up to. Then in the last fifty to seventy-five pages or so, he tells us or me at least.
And with that sense of the meaning of the protagonist's experience in mind, I immediately wanted to begin a second reading - from volume one, page one. And I do think that the narrative design is "circular" - the ending points to the beginning. As in the final two sentences of Stach's biography. Fischer demanded that Stach's segmentation of his biography conform to the cradle-to-grave convention - even if that was not Stach's intention. But I'll have to wait for volume one.
Several days ago I found that I can read FK's German easily - even today - much to my amazement, so I may not wait the five years between the German and English editions. So for the moment I think I know how one might best go about reading Stach's biography.
Even after volume one appears - it might be best to read volumes two and three before tackling volume one. I might change my mind entirely upon completing volume one - provided, of course, that I haven't dissolved into dementia before volume one appears.
View all 3 comments. Jul 17, Justin Evans rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent final volume, or second volume in writing order, to a wonderful biography. There's very little to complain about: Stach does a great job, particularly in the final third. Like pretty much everyone else, in that way, at least. The last two pages were also a good reminder that Kafka, whom Stach often enough presents as the unluckiest human being to ever sink back into the earth an astonishing presentation, given Kafka's economic and employment standing , was lucky in at least one way: Feb 05, David Schwartz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Practically a day-to-day account of Kafka's last years, dying of TB, but writing The Castle, the Hunger Artist etc -- not to mention several romantic relationships.
The last few chapters are harrowing, but his strength of character strangely inspirational. Apr 23, Geoff marked it as to-read Shelves: Das ist mehr als ein Biografie, Stach zeigt die Welt, in der Kafka lebte und starb. Feb 09, Eric Bottorff rated it it was amazing. This three-volume biography deserves all the praise which has been heaped up on it. Even if you're not a devoted lover of Kafka, it's simply an astonishingly well-done portrait of a human life. And if you are, like myself, this is an absolute must-read. Sep 04, Aveugle Vogel rated it liked it.
Dec 01, Gary rated it it was amazing. A highly empathetic, eminently readable and at times riveting biography of the second half of Kafka's life. The translation is wonderful and rich. The author strives to bring the reader very close to humanity of Franz Kafka. The dense level of detail is never dull and although I haven't read many biographies, I believe this may be one the best literary biographies every written. The literary insights offered here are very convincing as they integrate letters, diaries and the numerous scraps of p A highly empathetic, eminently readable and at times riveting biography of the second half of Kafka's life.
The literary insights offered here are very convincing as they integrate letters, diaries and the numerous scraps of paper that Max Brod managed to preserve. I received this book second volume as a gift and I plan to read the first volume next as well a rereading of his entire opus. The bibliography is stunning although much of it refers to German texts. I believe this will be the standard against which all future biographies of Kafka will be judged.
Nov 03, Mitch Nisonoff rated it it was amazing. Read it twice, and sections several times, over.
Kafka: Die Jahre der Entscheidungen (German Edition) - Kindle edition by Reiner Stach. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Kafka: Die Jahre der Erkenntnis (German Edition) - Kindle edition by Reiner Stach. Download it once Kafka: Die Jahre der Entscheidungen (German Edition).
History, culture, life, literature, analysis all wrapped together. Even better than the terrific predecessor volume, Kafka: Feb 02, Alex Obrigewitsch rated it it was amazing. A teetering conclusion to one who never concluded anything.
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Kdyz jsem do ruky bral tuhle bichlu, vedel jsem, ze to lehky nebude - a taky ze ne, ma aspon kilo a ctvrt. Kafku mam rad uz od ty doby co jsem od neho cetl Zamenu, kterou pak dobre zfilmovali s Eddie Murphym. Logicky jsem chtel vedet trochu vic a dopadlo to tak, ze vim naprosto vsechno. Kdy se Franz poprvy vykadil, kdy sel poprvy Na zitrek svolavam oslavu a kupuju minimalne 2x Bohemia Sekt, abych oslavil, ze jsem po tomto eposu jeste nazivu. Kdy se Franz poprvy vykadil, kdy sel poprvy do schodu, v jakym mejdlu prala jeho babicka a v jakym jeho mati, ze mel 1.
Tohle je prvni biografie, u ktery bych si rad postezoval, ze je v ni moc udaju. Stach navic sice vydoloval vse, ale pise otravne nezazivnym profesorskym stylem, ze jsem kolikrat myslel, ze s knihou udelam kratky Proces a Promenim ji v Zamek v Americe, coz bych dal Dopisy vedet akorat Milene a fotrovi. Pardonecek, jen jsem chtel napsat vsechny jeho knihy v jedne vete, tomu se rika experimentalni literatura pratele. No, dozvedel jsem se hodne, ale bylo to hutny a obcas me vylozene sraly fabulace.
Nicmene je to dobra exkurze do Prahy pocatku Doufam, ze ve druhym dile uz konecne napise nejakou knizku, jinak se obesim. Kafka napsal slovo soustat pouze jednou v zivote, Palivo milionkrat. Palivo 1, Kafka 0. This is the start of a big project for me - the Stach three volume biography of Kafka. This is the first volume, taking Kafka up to , and turns out to be an excellent start. I cannot wait to get going on the second volume. I will reread them in preparation for the next volume. This volume focuses on Kafk This is the start of a big project for me - the Stach three volume biography of Kafka.
This volume focuses on Kafka coming of age intellectually high school and college and making a commitment to become a writer. In the process, Stach presents a really nice context of life for a Jewish family in Prague at the turn of the 20th century. How Kafka fit into his groups of friends and peers was also well covered and fascinating — for example traveling to see Paris, or to attend a hot air show, or to see the newfangled motion pictures.
I am eagerly anticipating starting the second volume before too long. A very in-depth look at his early years, this is the concluding volume of the autobiographical trilogy.
If it seems strange that the third volume would start at the beginning it is because the author did not, until late on, have access to crucial material needed for this volume and so he wrote the other two while waiting on the literary estate of Max Brod to be released. How did Kafka become Kafka? This eagerly anticipated third and final volume of Reiner Stach's definitive biograph A very in-depth look at his early years, this is the concluding volume of the autobiographical trilogy.
This eagerly anticipated third and final volume of Reiner Stach's definitive biography of the writer answers that question with more facts and insight than ever before, describing the complex personal, political, and cultural circumstances that shaped the young Franz Kafka — It tells the story of the years from his birth in Prague to the beginning of his professional and literary career in , taking the reader up to just before the breakthrough that resulted in his first masterpieces, including "The Metamorphosis.
Before World War I, Kafka lived in a society at the threshold of modernity but torn by conflict, and Stach provides poignant details of how the adolescent Kafka witnessed violent outbreaks of anti-Semitism and nationalism.