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Letters to Felice‎ (Schocken Classics)

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Franz Kafka met Felice Bauer in August 1912, at the home of his friend Max Brod. Energetic, down-to-earth, and life-affirming, the twenty-five-year-old secretary was everything Kafka was not, and he was instantly smitten. Because he was living in Prague and she in Berlin, his courtship was largely an epistolary one--passionate, self-deprecating, and anxious letters sent al ...more
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Published December 6th 2016 by Schocken (first published 1967)
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Franz Kafka and Felice Bauer's engagement photograph, July 1917
Kafka's True Will: An Introductory Essay, by Erich Heller
Editors' Note
First Page of a letter from Franz Kafka to Felice Bauer

Biographical Note
--Letters to Felice Bauer

Biographical Note
--Letters to Grete Bloch

Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letter, literature, note
اگر عمری را به انتظار باشم و هر آنچه با مشقت تمام٬هر چند اندک٬به دست آورده باشم و تمام عمر نمانده ام را٬برای آن لحظه که چشمهای بی قرار تو به من آرامش می دهد که دوستم داری...از دست بدهم می دانم که خیلی کم است و ارزش دارد.

خواستن تو نه از دوست داشتن است نه از روی هوس٬من نیازمند تو نیستم٬نمی خواهم که مال من باشی٬من عاشقم٬طالبم٬تمام ذرات وجودم ترا می طلبد.من عاشقم!عشقی که با آن به دنیا آمدم.با آن زندگی می کنم و برای آن میمیرم.عشقی که حتا در لحظاتی که ممکن است به یادت نباشم در وجودم لانه دارد.عشقی که
Erma Odrach
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of love letters sent by Franz Kafka to Felice Bauer between 1912-1917, the woman he was engaged to marry several times. A prolific letter writer, sometimes Kafka would write her twice a day. The following is a line from one of his more famous letters to her and it’s quite intense:

“…I answer one of your letters, then lie in bed in apparent calm, but my heart beats through my entire body and is conscious only of you.”

The letters offer an insight into Kafka’s genius and are reflecti
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
She was dull, had no taste for literature, poetry or theatre, yet he was intent on marrying her. Their break up gave literature The Trail. Behind a very great writer there is a dull woman. (I myself am too interesting to inspire great art.)
Miss Ravi
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 1394
نگاه کردن به آن رویِ آدمی که توانسته یکی از شاهکارهای ادبیات را خلق کند، هم جذاب است و هم غمناک. تماشای خلوت و خصلتهای خاصی که اگر در هر آدمی جدا از نام و شهرتش باشد، میتواند او را غیرقابل تحمل کند و این نشان میدهد که چقدر فرانتس کافکا متفاوت است. تفاوتی فارغ از خوب یا بد بودنش. گاهی با کم تحملی معشوقهاش را متهم میکند و گاهی با احساساتی لبریز شده او را عزیزترین خطاب میکند. و آن جملهی آخرین که در نهایت بینتیجه بودن این رابطه را هم میرساند؛

و بعد از تمام اینها من همین هستم، باید باورت بشود.
مهدیه خسروی
فلیسه، من با هر آنچه در وجودم به عنوان یک انسان خوب است، تو را دوست دارم. با هر آنچه در وجودم سزاوار هشیار بودن در میان هستی می کند. اگر این چیزی نیست، پس من هم چیزی نیستم. من تو را همین طور که هستی دوست دارم، با بخش هایی، از تو که خوشم می آید و نیز آنهایی که خوشم نمی آید، همه چیز را، همه چیز را. تو این طور حس نمی کنی، حتی اگر هر چیز دیگر سر جایش باشد. تو از من خشنود نیستی، با چیزهای مختلفی از من مخالفی، مرا چیزی جز این که هستم می خواهی. من باید "بیشتر در دنیای واقعی زندگی کنم،" باید "همه چیز را ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kafka
„Das letzte Werk Kafkas, anders ist es nicht zu nennen, sind seine Briefe an Felice. Es ist ein Werk wie seine Tagebücher, aber auch wie der „Prozess“. Vielleicht ist es sogar mehr ein Werk wie dieser, dann es hat Einheit und Richtung. Es ist sogar, was man von wenigen Werken Kafkas sagen kann, abgeschlossen.“
(Elias Canetti)

"(...) ich kann nicht glauben, daß in irgendeinem Märchen um irgendeine Frau mehr und verzweifelter gekämpft worden ist als um Dich in mir, seit dem Anfang und immer von neue
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this in my late teens - or rather about half of the letters, for at some point I had enough of Kafka's constant whining. The letters give an interesting insight into daily life at that time, for the two have been in constant written exchange. However, Kafka's emotional and mental state seems as unhealthy in these lines as it appears in his stories. Was there any room for positive thoughts in him at all? Even his dedication to Felice is more the clinging of a drowning man to the next perso ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
همیشه احساس خستگی میکنم، آرزوی خوابیدن را، همواره و همواره باید در سر بپرورانم. تنش و فشار به طور مداوم در قسمت راست و چپ بالای جمجمه ام وجود دارد. دیروز داستان کوچکی را شروع کردم که متن آن گویی در یک لحظه جلوی چشمانم گشوده شد و کاملا هم در حافظه ام جای گرفت؛ ولی امروز صفحه آن کاملا بسته شده است. وقتی میپرسم چه پیش خواهد آمد، به فکر خودم نیستم. من لحظات بدتری را گذرانده ام و کم و بیش هنوز هم زنده هستم. اگر برای خودم ننویسم وقت بیشتری خواهم داشت که برای تو بنویسم، و از نزدیک بودن به تو لذت ببرم، ...more
Very conflicted about this one. Much of it shows K at his unfortunate worst: distraught to the point of mania, mired in depression. For every passage of genuine characteristic brilliance - the bits we're looking for in his private prose and calling, justly, literature - for each valuable pair of sentences there are three pages of agonized ugly-crying: Kafka spinning his wheels, crazed over not receiving timely replies from Felice, pouring his ink and energy into sussing out the logistics of when ...more
Lo que más me gusta de Kafka es las ganas que me hace venir de escribir. Pocos escritores lo consiguen. No se trata de que escriban bien. Nabokov y Dostoievski, otros de mis dos escritores favoritos, no me hacen venir ni el más débil deseo de escribir: todo lo contrario, me apabullan con su perfección y me convencen de que no vale la pena intentarlo. Pero no es que Kafka escriba mal. Por supuesto. Es por lo que cuenta y por la intensidad con la que lo hace.

Todo lo que cuenta Kafka me lo siento
Manik Sukoco
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kafka's letters to Felice Bauer are almost heart braking to read. Collected they form a painfully honest story of a writer in the midst of turmoil- stuck in a job he loathes, obsessive about his own writing and yet terribly insecure about it, feeling like an outcast and fallen in love with someone who lives in another country. These letters, written at all hours, usually twice a day are repetitive and full of self-criticism and insecurities, but also absolute love and devotion and for all these ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I wonder who would ever finish this? This could only be read over the course of decades. It may offer a window into the mind of the author and the works: a tremendous fear of letters not being delivered, on relationship and family, and the context of society in early 20th c Prague. There are a few extremely humourous episodes related to family life and anecdotes such as Kafka sending a suicide note to Max Brod when it was suggested he take his afternoons to work in the factory. I enjoyed these r ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Franz Kafka ist ein ganz eigenes Phänomen. Seine Werke sind anders, düster, seltsam, und in den Augen vieler wohl ohne Botschaft oder Moral.
Dass hinter solchen Werken auch ein seltsamer, wohl gequälter Mensch stecken muss, ist eigentlich klar.
Kafka wollte nie, dass seine unveröffentlichen Werke, Tagebücher oder Korrespondenz nach seinem Tod veröffentlicht werden. Es wurde sich aber darüber hinweggesetzt. Dies ist zum einem ein Glück für uns, zum anderen schon irgendwie unverschämt. Nachdem ich d
Vi Khong
Mar 26, 2012 is currently reading it
I have not finished this book but I love what I've read so far - Kafka really was a genius. So this book is a collection of letters that Kafka wrote to Felice Bauer between 1912 and 1917, during which time they were twice engaged to be married. So far it's a very insightful read, however, it's also a pretty intense read and I think I'll have to take it slow - only read a few letters each time. Kafka was so passionate about literature and writing. He once wrote in a letter to Felice "writing sust ...more
Sascha Cooper
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So far this is a very insightful read to what went on in that genius mind of his. Although at times the letters seem awkward, he shows himself to be the best he can be when he professes his love to Felice. Kafka really was a genius and he never realised it.
Craig Munro
Apr 09, 2009 is currently reading it
Has the worst introduction I've ever read ...
Sohini Sarker
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kafka
Beautiful and heart breaking.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book
Jens Peters
Jul 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Haven't finished this one yet - I think you should take letters a bit at a time. But what I've read so far is very good, and has even made me write a couple of letters myself...
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kafka, german
The book is large and physically beautiful, well curated, and with a brilliant introduction by Erich Heller. The letters themselves are, somehow, significantly more obscure than Kafka's fiction, and that's not only because they are incomplete on his side and completely missing on Felice's side. Yet it is certainly still possible to glimpse a specific angle of his life and his art. The letters do not present his open thoughts; they present an engagement with his frustrated desires towards the wom ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بسط و قبضِ عشق رو در نامههای کافکا به محبوبش ببینید و لذت ببرید. ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

13 Agosto: Primer encuentro con Felice Bauer en casa de la familia Brod en Praga.
20 Septiembre: Primera carta a Felice.


10/16 Junio: Carta en la que Kafka pide la mano de Felice por primera vez.


Principios de Enero: Kafka pide una vez más la mano de Felice por carta; evasiva respuesta de

28 Febrero/1 Marzo: Encuentro en Berlín; objeciones de Felice a un eventual matrimonio con él.

Finales de Marzo: Kafka decide abandonar Praga caso de que Felice no se declare dispuesta a
Feb 15, 2016 is currently reading it
It is Kafka's Birthday, so I thought about writing an initial review!
I started the book months ago and I took lots of breaks. It is very intense, painful and leaves a deep impact on the reader. That is why it is hard to take it in one shot!
I can feel in the letters his sensitivity, depression, loneliness, social anxiety, self-doubt, and a whole set of other disorders.
Sometimes I sympathize with him, other times I feel sorry for Felice because in his words, he was "tormenting" her! I don't know
Svetlana Zakharova
единственное, что осталось непонятным (ну да, из того, что вообще можно понять в другом человеке, сиречь покойном гении и редчайшем изверге), так зачем Ф. сохранила все письма? я подозреваю в ее характере довольно ясные мазохистские нотки, еще можно, наверное, подумать о провидении.
главное, все можно примерить на себя, потому что так и есть - и эта вот его немыслимая храбрость на грани с садизмом: говорить правду, которая никому не нужна.
теперь хочу приняться за его дневники, но перевод буду и
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Reading these letters reminded me of Stendahl's The Red and the Black. This is to say that it made me wonder how much of thoughts should be left thought vs. communicated to someone. If I didn't know beforehand, these are the letters of someone I would not be too surprised to find had written something like The Trial or The Castle. The hyper sensitivity, attention to detail, and torturous, self-criticism and emotional pedantry almost form a rhythm over the time of this relationship. Manic depress ...more
Bluemīnda Lorem
“Me opongo por completo a todo lo que sea hablar. Cualquier cosa que diga, está equivocada en mi sentido. Para mí, el discurso quita toda seriedad e importancia a cuanto digo. Por ello soy callado; no sólo por necesidad, sino también por convicción. Sólo el escribir es la forma de expresión apropiada a mi persona, y lo seguirá siendo incluso cuando estemos juntos."

Ay. Kafka, hablar tampoco es para mí.
Muhammad Wasay Ijaz
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The relationship that Kafka and Felice had was pivotal to what we essentially read today as Kafka's.

The letters, written quite candidly as ones emotions are right up in one's functioning brain is the essence and beauty of this book. The volatile yet beautiful relationship that these two very different people (explained in the letters) shared is intriguing to read for someone who has been in love, is in love, or is in pursuit of love.
Martha Faë
Es un libro interesante porque las cartas permiten descubrir el carácter, las obsesiones, las preocupaciones de alguien que, hasta ahora, solo había conocido como autor. Sin embargo me resultó un poco pesado, lo cual reconozco que es una apreciación basada meramente en mis gustos. Recomendable si te gusta Franz Kafka
Marwa Agoubi
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kafka is an excellent master of the word.. what I've read so far is very good.."You will get to know me better; there are still a number of horrible recesses in me that you don’t know."
_Franz Kafka, Letters To Felice
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Franz Kafka 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 literature.

His stories include "The Metamorph
“You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart; imagine my heartbeat when you are in this state.” 178 likes
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