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  • Published: 15 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9780805212655
  • Imprint: Doubleday US
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $32.99
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Aphorisms


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Kafka twice wrote aphorisms in his lifetime. The first effort was a series of 109, known as the Zürau Aphorisms, which were written between September 1917 and April 1918 and originally published posthumously by his friend, Max Brod, in 1931. These aphorisms reflect on metaphysical and theological issues--as well as the occasional dog. The second sequence of aphorisms, numbering 41, appears in Kafka's 1920 diary dating from January 6 to February 29. It is in these aphorisms, whose subject is "He," where Kafka distills the unexpected nature of experience as one shaped by exigency and possibility.

Foreword by Daniel Frank

  • Pub date: 15 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9780805212655
  • Imprint: Doubleday US
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was born into a Jewish family in Prague. In 1906 he received a doctorate in jurisprudence, and for many years he worked a tedious job as a civil service lawyer investigating claims at the State Worker's Accident Insurance Institute. He never married, and published only a few slim volumes of stories during his lifetime. Meditation, a collection of sketches, appeared in 1912; The Stoker: A Fragment in 1913; Metamorphosis in 1915; The Judgement in 1916; In the Penal Colony in 1919; and A Country Doctor in 1920. The great novels were not published until after his death from tuberculosis: America, The Trial and The Castle.

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