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Diaries of Franz Kafka

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  1,557 ratings  ·  83 reviews

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

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Paperback, 528 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Schocken (first published January 1st 1988)
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Buck
Some people have a talent for suffering, as others have a knack for Sudoku or needlepoint. Give them every advantage in life – brains, looks, money – and still they’ll manage to fall ass-backwards into hopeless misery. I’m not talking about clinical depression, which, debilitating as it is, doesn’t require any particular skill. I’m talking about a philosophical aptitude for despair. Maybe it’s only a snobbish distinction; maybe despair is just depression’s hip, uptown cousin, who went to better ...more
Huda Yahya
Sep 01, 2014 Huda Yahya marked it as waiting  ·  review of another edition
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يوميات فرانتس كافكا: 1910-1923
القراءة التي تنتظر كثير من التفرغ
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Eman
لعلها المدة الأطول التي اقرأ فيها كتاباً على دفعات ليس لحجمه و إنما لأجوائه المرهقة ..كنت اتركه لأيام لأن شيئاً ما استفزني و حرّك ما أسن من هدوء زائف نلف به أرواحنا القلقة..وأحياناً كنت اقرأ واشتم هذا الشخص الذي يختصر حياته بينه وبين ذاته واستطاع أن يعريها تماماً كما هي بكل روعتها و حقارتها.. هذا الكتاب فيه كمية هائلة من "التشريح" الصادق و المؤلم للنفس البشرية بكل تجلياتها.
طبيعة كونه تدوين لـ"يوميات" صنعت الكثير من النقلات المفاجئة و التداخل والانقطاع أحياناً مما يربك القارئ ، كما أن الكتاب غار
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 26, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Memoirs)
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Behold, the hardest-to-put-down diary that I’ve ever read!

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
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Bassem Farag
يوميات كافكا

هذا هو لقائى الأول بكافكا ، وأظنه لن يكون الأخير
نصحونى ألا أقرأ المذكرات قبل أن أدخل عالم كافكا الأدبى لعله لا يروق لى ، ولكن كافكا رائع ، كافكا فى مذكراته يتحدث بلا توقف مع ذاته ، حديث يثير شجونى ويحفز رغباتى فى العودة إلى الكتابة بشكل مكثف ولو على شكل مذكرات
مقدمة المترجم إطلالة هامة على المذكرات وعلى عالم كافكا .. وتحتاجون للعودة إليها بين الحين والآخر .. ومن الأفضل قراءتها مرة أخيرة بعد الانتهاء من المذكرات
أمر آخر مهم ، فى أثناء القراءة ستجدوا دوائر صغيرة فى بعض الأماكن ، ولكن لا

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Moudi Mubarak.
هُنا التفاصيل بشكل موجع/ مخيف/ وأحيانًا لا تستطيع أن تصف شعورك حيالها. يوميات كافكا لوحدها أدب عظيم، لا أنكر أنها مرهقة في قرائتها، تحمل نقلات مفاجئة وكثيرة فيها، لكنها لا تُقرأ في حالة التصالح مع الذات، اقرأها في فترة تدّعم حالتك، في فترة لا تعرف أن تصف شعورك وموطن الألم فيك، ستجدها تتحسس ألمك وتضمّده.
بثينة العيسى

قراءة "يوميات كافكا" تشبه أن تضيع إلى الأبد في الاحساس العارم بالخزي. تشبه التيه.. تشبه التجول في جغرافيا جرح ملتهب بلا خارطة.

أتعبني. كافكا الأديب عبقرية محضة، كافكا الإنسان مجرد خيبة أمل.
Sunil
Anais Nin once wrote that a personal world lived deep enough transcends the truth in all universes. Those words have never been more applicable to any writer other than Franz Kafka. And in this book you can see why.

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
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Sara Aljaryan
مجهول ، شعور غريب ومجهول سوف ينتاب كل من يقرا يوميات كافكا ، وحدة وخوف و تردد،، اغلب ما يسود قراراته التردد هذا الشي قد يعكس ضعف في الشخصية الناتج من الحياة الأسرية التي عاشها و علاقته الشائكة والمعقدة بوالده وبالإضافة الى مرضه الذي لازمه مضيفا مزيد من البوءس لحياته او خوف من المجهول السوداوي الذي قد يحرمه متعة التحرر او بالمعنى المعكوس يحرمه من الكتابة ، و هذا الجزء الأخير حرمه الارتباط حتى على صعيد الحب كانت علاقاته العاطفية مهزوزة لا تكتمل بالنهايات سعيدة نتيجة خوفه من إمكانية فقدان القدرة عل ...more
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Mar 19, 2010 §-- rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only Kafka-worshippers
I didn't want to admit that Kafka was crazy, but it seems impossible not to admit it now. I learned a lot about the man which I had not known before (his enthusiasm for theater, especially Yiddish theater), but I'm not sure it was worth it. It was exhausting, dizzying even, trying to get through this text. It felt like work and I'm not sure whether knowing about any writer's life is of any use in trying to understand or appreciate his work better. As the Schocken description of the book put it, ...more
Catherine Jackson Frazier
Very revealing insight into the author's work. I don't think you can really appreciate Kafka until you read about his life. He was lonely, depressed, self conscious and in love with someone who didn't love him. He never published in his lifetime but wanted his work destroyed. And, it shows how his work is insightful political commentary.
Aya A
دسمة و ارهقتني جدا
Felix
I read these journals more than ten years ago (different edition), but they made a very lasting impression on me. They are interesting, haunting, and filled with humor. These are the qualities of Kafka's novels and short stories, although I enjoyed the journals the most. I would highly recommend to any fans of Kafka, the disconsolate, and those interested in the process of writing.
Saeed
همه ویژگیهای شخصیت جذاب و وقایع زندگی پر شور و سودای کافکا در این کتاب بازتاب یافته است. در این یادداشت‌ها که بخش اصلی زندگی‌اش، از 1910 تا 1923 را در بر می‌گیرد، بسیاری از اندیشه‌های ادبی، قطعات کوتاه نمایشی، رویاها و کابوس‌ها، آغاز یا بخش‌هایی از داستان‌ها و رمان‌هایش را آورده و حوادث کوچک و بزرگ زندگی‌اش را، گاه با طنزی سبک‌بارانه و گاه با شرحی دقیق و تکان‌دهنده به ثبت رسانده است
Abbey
Ach. I want to give this 5 stars so much, but I didn't read it thoroughly enough for that - but I have annotated and stuck post-it notes onto practically every single page because so many of his philosophical ideas and his general ability to take on the human challenge of effort and matter stuck to me like conscience, and I kind of owe him a big thank you, even though the diary is really just pages and pages of him suffering and suffering and suffering, and for what? All I can say is, although K ...more
Dan
In how many ways is it possible to express one’s discontent? Keeping in mind Chomsky’s observations with regard to the ability of the human mind to construct new sentences, and the infinite variety of the forms of linguistic signification that supplies one of the conditions making this creative power possible, the response to this question could perhaps better be expressed in terms of contingencies like quantum values or Borgesian hypotheses, than in something so literal as an ordinal number. Al ...more
Claudio Saavedra
I started reading the Kafka diaries with motive of a trip that took me to the Czech Republic and gave me a chance to spend a few days in Prague by myself. Having been enough times in Prague to want to play the tourist again and feeling a uncontainable need to dig further into Kafka's mind --perhaps motivated by the reading of many works by Enrique Vila-Matas where the Diaries are quoted over and over-- I decided to fetch this book from the public library in Helsinki and let myself get lost in th ...more
Otto
Jun 04, 2007 Otto added it
Kafka's unknowing masterwork. Reveals a creative obsession that manifests itself as nihlism for all other activities, which in turn causes an internal struggle that the entire human race can empathize with. Kafka is a heroic modern figure precisely because he is totally human.

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
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اما نحن فأمرنا مختلف ,فنحن مربوطون بماضينا وحاضرنا .ونقضى معظم أوقات فراغنا والكثير من عملنا لنستطيع التحليق بتوازن بينهما.ومايشترطه المستقبل سلفا على مستوى السعه يعوضه الماضى على المستوى الوزن,ويغدو التميز بينهما فى خاتمه المطاف امر غير ممكن,فالصبا المبكر يبدو بعد حين رائعا, مثلما تبدو صورة المستقبل والماضى.ولكننا نعيش نهاية هذا المستقبل بكامل تنهداتنا وحسرتنا .


رقيّ الأفكار الرديئة، شعرت مساء أمس تحديداً بالبؤس. مستقبلي القريب الحزين يظهر أمامي على نحو يخلو من القيمة. تركت ذلك وسرت في شارع فردي
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Forough
چقدر خوبه بشه از خود نوشت و انهم اینقدر کامل! اندوه،دلزدگی و شوق و هر آنچه که احساس درگیرش است. حس نزدیکی به آدمی انقدر دور .... . حالا می خوام دوباره کتاب های کافکا را بخونم.
امیدوارم بتونم حالا کمی درکشان کنم.
Taylor Napolsky
Not as good as his fiction but still fascinating stuff. Worth the read if you really like Kafka. Probably not if you're so-so about him.
طاهر الزهراني
الكتاب جميل ورائع، وتزداد قيمة الكتاب بقربك من أدب الكاتب
Rosa Ramôa
Brilhante todos os dias...
Lolo
Il s'agit donc du « Journal », au sens de journal intime de F. Kafka ; pèle-mêle, il est composé d'impressions sur des œuvres littéraires, théâtrales ou autres, de récits (souvent très courts) tirés de son imagination, de carnets de voyage, de situations vécues, de tracas passagers, d'ennuis de santé, de sentiments le concernant lui ou ses proches, de pensées sur son mode de vie ou sur des choix, etc.. Une grande partie de l'ouvrage est naturellement écrite sans but d'être un jour publiée ; ceci ...more
Kate Savage
"The strange, mysterious, perhaps dangerous, perhaps saving comfort that there is in writing: it is a leap out of murderers’ row; it is a seeing of what is really taking place. This occurs by a higher type of observation, a higher, not a keener type, and the higher it is and the less within reach of the 'row,' the more independent it becomes, the more obedient to its own laws of motion, the more incalculable, the more joyful, the more ascendant its course." -- from the diary

I have only read the
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Florencia
Este autor no quiso que su obra se publicara. "-Max, ¡destruí todo!" ... Max no escuchó, afortunadamente para nosotros. Supongo que tendría aún más recelo sobre su diario íntimo (?). ¿Quién quisiera que cualquier persona tenga acceso a lo que escribiste para tus ojos y nada más que tus ojos? Tus pensamientos más intensos por ser los reales, o sueños desquiciados que no comentarías con nadie por temor a ser medicado inmediatamente; opiniones, inquietudes, sentimientos. Todo lo que te forma.
Deberí
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Andres Olave
un libro lleno de anotaciones grandiosas, un top ten (es decir, uno de los diez mejores libros que he leído)

"demasiado tarde. la dulzura de la melancolía y del amor. que, en el bote, ella me dirigiera su sonrisa. esto fue lo más hermoso de todo. sólo el deseo de morir y el hecho de seguir resistiendo, sólo eso es amor".
Mollie the Cat
Aug 30, 2014 Mollie the Cat marked it as to-read
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Lisa
This took forever to read and it wasn't very interesting. I haven't read Kafka before so I didn't really know what to expect from his memoirs. It was pretty depressing which I don't think is great for me to read.
Matthew
A special work to be read and re-read, just for the intimacy to be gained with him, and his mind and emotions, and the experiences that affect him and influence him most directly. He is always there, I feel, just within arm's reach, when I need someone to turn to when I'm feeling down or delicate in ways he might have. I can wallow with him, I can be reassured, and thus move on. In his diaries is some of his greatest writing because of how close he draws us into his life, sometimes with just a v ...more
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Franz Kafka (German pronunciation: [ˈfʀants ˈkafka]) was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western lite ...more
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“This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me.” 177 likes
“April 27. Incapable of living with people, of speaking. Complete immersion in myself, thinking of myself. Apathetic, witless, fearful. I have nothing to say to anyone - never.” 79 likes
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