Life is charming because it's not plain sailing. Otherwise, why else would we live?
speaking of Kafka, what can you think of
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A novel that can never be read
or a writer with depression
he is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century
his works reflect the pain and sorrow of an era
his life is also tortuous
the world thinks that Kafka is always a gray image
but Lai. Tach's biography says
this is not a complete Kafka
Life is charming precisely because it is not plain sailing.
otherwise, what are we doing alive
those who do not meet talent should believe
Genius is an immortal glimmer in gloom
translator: noodles soaked in a bowl
translator: noodles soaked in a bowl A German magazine published a short story "Metamorphosis" (the German Die Verwandlung), the story tells the story of salesman Gore Samza waking up from his sleep to find himself a big beetle. The author Franz Kafka works in Prague, a medium-sized civil servant. He died in a hurry less than ten years after the Metamorphosis was published, and he was not famous at the time. He wrote three novels and other short stories. However, the 50-page Metamorphosis is still brilliant and immortal: countless stage plays have been adapted from it, there are so many doctoral dissertations related to it, and countless later writers still borrow its inspiration. The Metamorphosis and the novel trial and Castle established Kafka's supreme position in the literary world in the 20th century.
Kafka: the year of Insight is the second volume of Kafka's biography written by Reinastach. The first volume is a timeline from 1910 to 1915, when Kafka was still young, working 50 hours a week and writing novels when he came home in the evening. The second volume records his rapid rise to fame, tuberculosis, and years of suffering before he died in an Austrian nursing home at the age of 40. The third volume of the biography tells the story of Kafka's early life, which has not yet been completed.
in the last years of his life, from 1916 to 1924, Kafka kept getting letters, and people asked strangely what his novel was expressing ("Sir, you make me very unhappy." I bought your Metamorphosis for my cousin, but she couldn't understand what you were writing.) it took him a long time to write back, trying to explain, but eventually tore up the paper, threw it into the wastebasket and started all over again. When other patients asked him if he was the author of so-and-so, he vehemently denied it. Having had four relationships, mostly through letters, he spent a lot of time away from the cramped office (at the Workers' accident Insurance Institute). These years let Kafka understand, insight into the world, but also let him face despair and pain alone.
although Kafka's life is full of gloom, this biography is still highly readable. Mr. Stach is a German scholar who shows Kafka's life course with exquisite brush strokes. He had to fight disease and boring work, and the background of the world was changing: the outbreak of World War I, the founding of Czechoslovakia, the hyperinflation of the 1920s. Stach has a clear understanding of the limitations of the biography, so he relies on archival materials and, where possible, looks at the whole event from Kafka's point of view. Around Kafka, manual workshop-style research emerged one after another, and Stach showed no mercy to it. "you are pure, novel and independent. Others should treat you like a dead person, which is in line with your greatness. " A Kafka fan said in the letter.
the book shows a stubborn and outstanding person. In Stach's view, Kafka is "neurotic, depressed, picky and demanding, and in any way, he is a contradictory and emotional person who always revolves around himself and leads to problems in everything." He decided to visit a married woman-- who later became his lover-- and it took him three weeks to write twenty letters. When he wrote to his first fiancee, he used the third person to refer to himself, and it took a lot of effort to evoke a sense of intimacy with his fiancee. He made decisions and quickly overturned them, and others often annoyed him. When he wrote to a friend, he said, "sometimes I think it's life itself that makes me upset and nervous."
but there is also a relaxed side of Kafka in Stach's biography. When he was on holiday with his lover, Kafka laughed so much that he almost got a cramp. In the last year of his life, he met a crying little girl in the park, saying that she had lost her doll. For the next three weeks, Kafka wrote a letter to the little girl every day, detailing his adventures after leaving the girl in a doll tone. Facing Dora Diamante, his last lover, he was sure he was willing to marry her. Dora even encouraged him to return to Judaism.
people often think that Kafka is simple and unsmiling. These anecdotes break this impression. Mr. Stahl also forcefully hit back at the common idea of using Kafka as a prophet of war atrocities (three of Kafka's sisters and two lovers were killed in Nazi concentration camps). Kafka is often the target of anti-Semitism, but Kafka only portrays the world as he sees it: a world full of loneliness, melancholy, and persecution, but there is still sporadic dawn.