Diaries of Franz Kafka (Schocken Classics Series)
These diaries cover the years 1910 to 1923, the year before Kafka’s death at the age of forty. They provide a penetrating look into life in Prague and into Kafka’s accounts of his dreams, his feelings for the father he worshipped and the woman he could not bring himself to marry, his sense of guilt, and his feelings of being an outcast. They offer an account of a life of a...more
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a Jew born to German-speaking parents in Prague. His works are so brilliant that they seem to be eternal and the term kafkaesque has been coined to describe the something that is characteristic of him or his works. Who are these authors whose names had to be immortalized in the English dictionary?
ballardian – adj. resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in Ballard’s novels and stories, esp. dyst...more
طبيعة كونه تدوين لـ"يوميات" صنعت الكثير من النقلات المفاجئة و التداخل والانقطاع أحياناً مما يربك القارئ ، كما أن الكتاب غار...more
I remember reading it throughout a whole couple of nights, unable to force myself to stop, absolutely fascinated by a world constructed so delicately, yet unabatedly-sentence by sublime sentence into a marvellous prose edifice.
I can still recall one entire setting where he just desc...more
His love of books mirrors my own, and his desires, as well as philosophy, are my own.
The purpose of literature:
"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wak...more
I no longer remember if it was from the diaries or in the letters, but I learned that painfully introspective people can give well-crafted, if totally unheeded, advice about the importance of sociability.