Letter to the Father/Brief an Den Vater: Bilingual Edition (Schocken Kafka Library) (Paperback)

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By Franz Kafka, Ernst Kaiser (Translator), Eithne Wilkins (Translator)
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Franz Kafka wrote this letter to his father, Hermann Kafka, in November 1919. Max Brod, Kafka's literary executor, relates that Kafka actually gave the letter to his mother to hand to his father, hoping it might renew a relationship that had lost itself in tension and frustration on both sides. But Kafka's probing of the deep flaw in their relationship spared neither his father nor himself. He could not help seeing the failure of communication between father and son as another moment in the larger existential predicament depicted in so much of his work. Probably realizing the futility of her son's gesture, Julie Kafka did not deliver the letter but instead returned it to its author.

About the Author

FRANZ KAFKA was born in Prague in 1883 and died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium near Vienna in 1924. After earning a law degree in 1906, he worked for most of his adult life at the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute in Prague. Only a small portion of Kafka's writings were published during his lifetime. He left instructions for his friend and literary executor Max Brod to destroy all of his unpublished work after his death, instructions Brod famously ignored.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780805212662
ISBN-10: 0805212663
Publisher: Schocken Books Inc
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Schocken Kafka Library