Kafka’s Biography

Danbury Library recently received another volume in the definitive biography of Franz Kafka. This volume is actually the last volume in what will be a trilogy. It is entitled Kafka: The Years of Insight by Reiner Stach. It follows Kafka: The Decisive Years which was published in 2005. The reason why Reiner Stach is publishing the last two volumes first is in itself Kafkaesque. When Kafka died he made Max Brod his literary executor with the instruction to burn all of his work. Brod did not follow his instruction and published a great deal. But there is still a large amount of Kafka material which is in Israel and for which there is a legal fight underway. Stach wants to view this material and use it to write the first volume on the early life of Kafka.

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