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A Friend of Kafka Paperback – August 1, 1979
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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About the Author
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904–91) was the author of many novels, stories, and children's books. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.
Top Customer Reviews
Most all of these stories all end in a death. Sometimes it is okay, the person dies and leaves a legacy that will be remembered for all time, other times it is their just desserts. All of these stories are worthy and interesting.
'A Friend of Kafka' - the friend is Jacques Kohn, a destitute actor, living in Warsaw. The writer is a writer (later on he sells a story) and both Jacques and the author frequent a writer's club. Jacques was born a Hasidic Jew in some small town in Poland named Jankel. He changed his name while in some of the capitals of Europe: Prague, Vienna, Berlin, etc. He had and was friendly with various celebrities of the day, but now he is down and out. He tries to look better than he is but the folks he knows, know him for who he is. Throughout the story he pokes fun at Jewishness ("Jews remember too much.") and his associates, former and present. He claims to be haunted by Fate, who is trying to bring him down, but to play the game (not necessarily to win, but certainly not to lose) is why Jacques keeps on keeping on.
'Guests on a Winter Night' - Isaac's (5 to 10 years old) Aunt Itta Fruma has come to with his family. She has lost the house she had been living in.Read more ›