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Franz Kafka

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An insightful text by Kafka scholar Jeremy Adler accompanies an equally informative array of illustrations: sketches form the author's notebooks, first-edition book jackets, photographs of the author's friends and family, and full-color paintings and period photographs of the Prague that inspired Kafka's nightmarish modernist masterpieces.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Overlook TP (first published 2001)
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What a great little book. Anyone interested in Kafka's life should own this. The only downside: being pocket-size, this sometimes prevents a full appreciation for the many visuals in the book.
This is a short book and not really a full biography (It is part of a series: "Overlook Illustrated Lives is a series of photographic biographies..." ) I thought it was well written, with many interesting photographs, drawings, etc. of Kafka, family and friends. Kafka is one of my most beloved authors so I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The author did not have a literary/theoretical ax to grind, so that was good, and I learned that Kafka read Kierkegaard, which seems entirely as it should be, bu ...more
This is a great book for a quick insight into Kafka's life. It combines information from various exhaustive sources into a nice quick read, accompanied with some photographs. I needed something quick to prepare a class on Kafka, since I hadn't got much time in advance.

It can serve as good starting point for people who want to research Kafka's life, since it includes a quite elaborate bibliography.
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#studentpaper If you need a basic acquaintance with the facts of Kafka's life, illustrated with relevant photos (Kafka and all his friends were compelling to look at, which does not hurt), this is the book. It's by a scholar and has references; however is really just the facts and not especially tendentious as far as I can see.
Very good overview of Kafka. Thought I should have read something about him prior to reading his writings. This helped - a lot.
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Jeremy Adler is Professor of German at King’s College London. He studied German at Queen Mary College (University of London) and was a Lecturer in German at Westfield College before being awarded a Personal Chair. He is a sometime fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin, and a sometime scholar of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.

He has written a book on Goethe’s novel The Elec
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