Out of the large examine for an authoritative 1,500-page biography emerges this wunderkammer of ninety nine delightfully peculiar proof approximately Kafka
In the process compiling his hugely acclaimed three-volume biography of Kafka, whereas foraying to libraries and data from Prague to Israel, Reiner Stach made one magnificent discovery after one other: unforeseen images, inconsistencies in handwritten texts, excerpts from letters, and tales from Kafka’s contemporaries that shed magnificent gentle on his character and his writing. Is that Kafka? offers the crystal granules of the true Kafka: he couldn’t lie, yet he attempted to cheat on his high-school checks; bitten by way of the health fad, he avidly the regime of a Danish workout guru; he drew fantastically; he enjoyed beer; he learn biographies voraciously; he made the main appealing offers, particularly for kids; extraordinary issues made him cry or made him livid; he cherished slapstick. each discovery by way of Stach activates its head the stereotypical model of the tortured neurotic―and as each chips away on the monolithic darkish Kafka, the keynote, of all issues, turns into laughter.
For Is that Kafka? Stach has assembled ninety nine of his most enjoyable discoveries, culling the ultimate, such a lot unique bits, and including his knowledge-able commentaries. Illustrated with dozens of formerly unknown photos, this quantity is a novel literary pleasure.