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