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Though excused military service, Kafka volunteered and was accepted. The insurance firm refused to release him. Kafka flirted with spiritualism, socialism, Zionism and other positions but found them wanting.

Why Franz Kafka’s work was almost never published

Only in the Zionist aspiration for a Jewish homeland away from the vicissitudes of populist demagogues and anti-Semitism did Kafka find ideas of lasting appeal. He toyed with the idea of emigrating to Palestine even learning Hebrew late in life but it was an impractical idea. In August , Kafka accepted the diagnosis of tuberculosis with equanimity.

To some degree, the illness freed Kafka. He now had an incontrovertible reason to avoid social obligations, to take extended holidays in which he could write, and to avoid marriage and fatherhood. The diagnosis caused Kafka to break off his engagement.

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Kafka wanted to use natural remedies to treat his condition. The only effective method of arresting the progress of bronchial tuberculosis was a healthy diet and clean air, hence the flourishing of sanatoria in the mountains of central Europe. At a German coastal resort, Kafka met a woman called Dora Diamant. She became his lover, companion and, for his last months, carer. They lived together in Berlin in the early s when it was ravaged by uncontrollable inflation, civil unrest and malnutrition.

Berlin was a dream city for Kafka: a technically advanced city, a world city, a cultural hub. The reality of poverty, strife and the worsening of his tuberculosis sent him to the Austrian Alps in search of some respite. He died in a small private hospital there attended to by Dora.

He worked hard; he wrote some remarkable work; he maintained many friendships and enjoyed some romantic ties. The impression that Kafka was immune to the pleasure of literary success is contradicted by the fact he published half a dozen books in his lifetime.

At the time of his death, he was very highly esteemed by fellow writers — and all that without the publication of his novels, which were only made public posthumously by his friend and literary executor Max Brod. Stach is at all times considered and reasonable, not imposing his interpretation on scant evidence.

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The three volumes are so carefully composed and densely woven — blending history, literary analysis, psychological insights, quotes and commentary from others — that it would be practically impossible to produce an abridged version in a single volume. The current English versions are based texts that are 40 years old. Since then, new volumes of letters have been published and the unexpurgated diaries have appeared in German, which render the English translations woefully inadequate.

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That is my belief. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary.

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The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. Don't touch my chains. All Quotes Add A Quote. Books by Franz Kafka. The Metamorphosis , ratings.

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