Is that Kafka? 99 Finds

Is that Kafka? 99 Finds

Reiner Stach Kurt Beals / Sep 16, 2019

Is that Kafka Finds In the course of compiling his highly acclaimed three volume biography of Kafka while foraying to libraries and archives from Prague to Israel Reiner Stach made one astounding discovery after anothe

  • Title: Is that Kafka? 99 Finds
  • Author: Reiner Stach Kurt Beals
  • ISBN: 9780811221238
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the course of compiling his highly acclaimed three volume biography of Kafka, while foraying to libraries and archives from Prague to Israel, Reiner Stach made one astounding discovery after another unexpected photographs, inconsistencies in handwritten texts, excerpts from letters, and testimonies from Kafka s contemporaries that shed surprising light on his personaliIn the course of compiling his highly acclaimed three volume biography of Kafka, while foraying to libraries and archives from Prague to Israel, Reiner Stach made one astounding discovery after another unexpected photographs, inconsistencies in handwritten texts, excerpts from letters, and testimonies from Kafka s contemporaries that shed surprising light on his personality and his writing.Is that Kafka presents the crystal granules of the real Kafka he couldn t lie, but he tried to cheat on his high school exams bitten by the fitness fad, he avidly followed the regime of a Danish exercise guru he drew beautifully he loved beer he read biographies voraciously he made the most beautiful presents, especially for children odd things made him cry or made him furious he adored slapstick Every discovery by Stach turns on its head the stereotypical version of the tortured neurotic and as each one chips away at the monolithic dark Kafka, the keynote, of all things, becomes laughter.For Is that Kafka Stach has assembled 99 of his most exciting discoveries, culling the choicest, most entertaining bits, and adding his knowledgeable commentaries Illustrated with dozens of previously unknown images, this volume is a singular literary pleasure.

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        Reiner Stach is a freelance author and biographer of Franz Kafka.


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    1. Did you know Kafka’s favourite farm implement was a plough? Did you know Kafka loved blue-eyed five-year-olds called Joris? Did you know Kafka was a slovenly eater of shellfish? Did you know Kafka had a pet cockatoo with a fondness for Mozart? Did you know Kafka’s favourite member of Thee Headcoatees was Kyra? Did you know Kafka’s skill for replacing light bulbs was deemed “lamentable”? Did you know Kafka once poured baken beans over Max Brod’s head? Did you know Kafka’s skill at s [...]


    2. Is that Kafka? is a compilation of 99 things about Kafka that Reiner Stach found while researching and writing his massive 3-volume biography. I own and am itching to read this work; Is that Kafka? may be seen as a starter, something to whet the appetite before the main dish. The 'finds' are also supposed to counteract the popular yet often misguided image of Kafka. To this end, I think it succeeds in sketching quite a complete and variegated picture of Franz—not just gloomy and ethereal K, bu [...]


    3. I really hope that coffee-table-books-about-modernist-writers becomes a profitable sub-genre, so I can go on reading pleasant books like this one. It's funny, touching, and wonderfully fanboyish; luckily, Stach knows everything (he wrote a three volume biography of Kafka, for goodness sake), so it's also informative and responsible. My only complaint is that quoted texts are presented in a sans-serif bold font. What the hell, typesetters?


    4. Who Was Kafka?A collection of ephemera complicates the picture of Franz Kafka as a tortured neurotic.By Reiner Stachin:thenation/article/who-


    5. Più che un libro, un "aperitivo", un invito a prendere o riprendere in mano qualcosa scritto da Kafka e non qualcosa scritto su di lui. Ché poi, qui di scritto su di lui (nel senso di riflessione critica) c'è davvero poco, e se alcuni di questi "reperti" (così definiti nel libro) possono aiutare a capire qualcosa di più del Kafka scrittore, la maggior parte di essi affrontano aspetti della vita del Kafka uomo davvero poco rilevanti, spesso calcando la mano sul ridicolo o sulla curiosità pi [...]


    6. in einer sorgsam ausgewählten und in gut strukturierten gruppen aufbereiteten anzahl von fundstücken nähert sich reiner stach in diesem buch anhand selektierter gemmen an den menschen kafka an. fragwürdiges, unsicheres, seltsames - aber auch berührendes, schönes und komisches aus archiven, nachlässen und anderen quellen wird präsentiertben dem beeindruckenden effekt, kafka so von den unterschiedlichsten seiten nähertreten zu können, macht das buch auch lust auf die arbeit der recherche [...]


    7. i romani dicono che la cosa più bella di milano è il treno per roma. ecco la cosa più bella di questo libro è stata sassarlo via a pagina 49. all'inizio del capitolo kafka sputa dal balcone (non è una battuta). in precedenza mi sono sciroppata kafka bara all'esame di maturità, kafka fa ginnastica con metodo e kafka beve birra. ci fosse almeno la speranza di un kafka contro godzilla o kafka e l'onorevole peppone, ma il livello sta scendendo precipitosamente verso kafka medico della saub, e [...]



    8. A collection of anecdotes, trivia, and ephemera that cuts against the caricature of Kafka as the surreal morbid neurotic. Kafka is wildly conventional, and the book does solid work in defining normalcy for the Jewish world of Prague in the first quarter of the 20th century. Girlfriends, familial disputes about child-rearing, airshows, beer, none of it adds up to a new lens to unravel the fiction. Instead of an inscrutable genius we have someone easy to identify with: a loving brother and uncle, [...]


    9. "C'è una malattia soltanto, non di più, e la medicina insegue quest'unica malattia come un animale attraverso foreste infinite." - Lettera a Max Brod, fine aprile 1921 (p. 99)



    10. I might one day read the enormous biography this dude has written. In the meantime, this assortment of freaky things about Kafka is just fantastic. Really good photos and illustration too.


    11. Ach, gäbe es doch für jeden Schriftsteller so ein Buch! Wer sich Reiner Stachs dreibändige Monster-Biographie Franz Kafkas nicht antun will, dem erschließt sich hier aus 99 Fragmenten (Zeitungsartikel, Briefe, Tagebucheintragungen, Fotos) ein faszinierendes, faszinierend neues Bild des Dichters, den man sonst nur mit drückenden Dystopien verbindet. Ob es Kafkas Kinderliebe ist, die anekdotisch geschildert wird, seine sympathische Weigerung, faktische Fehler in seinen Werken später auszubes [...]


    12. This collection of anecdotes, letters, diary entries, miscellaneous documents, testimonies, etc, put in perspective known and some unknown aspects of Kafka's literary life. For the Kafka reader, these fragments do not surprise. For the average Kafka reader, these fragments appear as a revelation. In general they are an invitation to reread and read Kafka's great work.


    13. A treat for the Kafka fan, the selections in this book draw a very human, fascinating portrait of a man wrongly seen as tortured and miserable as the characters he created. For my full review see: wp/p4GDHM-mO



    14. Kafka once gave a beggar a two crown coin and asked for one crown back.Kafka was afraid of mice.Kafka once intended to publish a travel guide.Kafka liked to drink beer.Kafka once received a letter from a confused reader begging him to explain what the hell "The Metamorphosis" was about.There you have it - 99 pieces of trivia about Kafka. If you're into Kafka, you're gonna enjoy this book.


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