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Blue Octavo Notebooks Paperback – January 2, 2004
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Now, the Octavos. If you're a Kafka obsessive, they're required reading---first, to tease out his private code (the aphorisms). Secondly, one finds many of the shorter pieces Brod lifted for other releases, and what Brod chose---and what he left---says a lot about how his friend interpreted this author, and how FK would be misinterpreted for the next fifty years.
Another reason to read Octavos is this: at least two of the shorter pieces here are so funny you'll want to collar friends and force them to listen. "I am a clerk at the town hall!" boasts one of his personae repeatedly...before collapsing into snarls about dignity and the office cat. Another is a wry send-up on the self-important manifestos floating around Europe at the time: Kafka's version is released anonymously to an indifferent apartment population, and proposes an absurdist Social-Contract arrangement between the manifesto writer, the thronging public, and five broken toy rifles--all sonorously written in starving-revolutionary comeradese. Of course, to the manifesto writer's chagrin, no one shows up.
The Octavo Notebooks are where Kafka recorded a few of his most delicate, poetic and aching shorter pieces. They're also where he goofed up, wrote himself into a corner, admonished himself, lied to himself. In short, they're a small window into this complicated writer's heart. Nothing here is so essential that you can't enjoy Kafka's more formal work without them, but if you're a fan, they humanize the man immeasurably.
And to the gentleman from Ontario (review, Oct. 18/99) who fretted over the color of the volume in question (and the publisher's good faith): you haven't been reading your Kafka. On page 35 you'll find the following: "There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie." This volume's (non) color is Kafkaesque in the best sense of the term. EXACT CHANGE should be congratulated on their superior understanding of a masterful writer!
this book of discovered notebooks is a sharp and wonderfully illuminating glimpse into the deep-thinking mind of a master of his literary craft. A Great Read!
The Blue Octavo Notebooks were published in a single volume via Exact Change (1991, ISBN 1-878972-04-9). This edition FINALLY includes the COMPLETE NOTEBOOKS IN THEIR ENTIRETY along with Max Brod's notes and the numbered extracts. Bravo!!!!
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Tangential colection of ruminations he probably thought would never see the light of day. Okay for a literati as far as historical curiosity; best to just read his work.Published 17 months ago by JRyan
I have read and reread all of the stories and novels by Kafka. I've turned over some of the pages of his letters as well. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by David Adams
To face the prospect of religion without religion.
To face the prospect of death head on.
To be truly fearless in the face of human terror, folly, and weakness. Read more
But read the reviews, it is true, the gentleman from Ontario is priceless, and I agree with Erica as well. Read morePublished on November 8, 2006 by Adrienne
Kafka is certainly a good writer, I think. But there is only one thing I can't understand: This book is not Blue. Read morePublished on October 18, 1999