Letter to the Father/Brief an den Vater: Bilingual Edition (The Schocken Kafka Library) Kindle Edition

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“This is the closest we have to Kafka’s memoirs, a story of mutual misunderstanding and alienation, charted in a series of evocatively sketched scenes . . . For all its power of psychological analysis, the tone is rarely self-pitying but almost forensically detached . . . The fact that Kafka nearly always gives his father the benefit of the doubt makes his accusations all the more devastating.” —Carolin Duttlinger, The Times Literary Supplement

“Kafka’s principal attempt at self-clarification is also one of the great confessions of literature.” —F. W. Dupee, The New York Times Book Review

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FRANZ KAFKA was born in Prague in 1883 and died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium near Vienna in 1924. After earning a law degree in 1906, he worked for most of his adult life at the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute in Prague. Only a small portion of Kafka's writings were published during his lifetime. He left instructions for his friend and literary executor Max Brod to destroy all of his unpublished work after his death, instructions Brod famously ignored.

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  • File Size: 2603 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken (June 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CVS66AW
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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on October 16, 2004
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This is a letter never sent. It is written from Kafka the tormented son to his father Hermann. It tells of the relationship of father and son, as seen by the son. But a good part of the son's seeing is his understanding of his father, and his father's perception of and disappointment with him. It is an analysis of his father's life also , and in a way an attempt to make a kind of connection with the distant father the son has not really had in life.

For anyone who has had a difficult father whose love and approval they so much longed for , and did not have - this work will be a soul- opening one. It is painful, deep, true and as with all Kafka somehow mysteriously deep and beautiful .

A great great work of a great great genius.
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Narcissism.....
A letter Kafka wrote to his narcissistic father. (However, his mother never gave it to the father.)
Kafka powerfully and succinctly describes the behavior of his narc father and the effects it had on him.
Originally written in German, it has both the German and the English translation.
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Great book great condition
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By David M on December 8, 2014
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Excellent!
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