By Gustav Janouch
A literary gem – a portrait from lifetime of Franz Kafka – now with an ardent preface by way of Francine Prose, avowed “fan of Janouch’s abnormal and gorgeous book.”
Gustav Janouch met Franz Kafka, the prestigious writer of The Metamorphosis, as a seventeen-year-old fledgling poet. As Francine Prose notes in her fantastic preface, “they fell into the behavior of taking lengthy strolls in the course of the urban, strolls on which Kafka turns out to have acknowledged many striking, incisive, literary, and according to- issues to his significant other and interlocutor, the teenage Boswell of Prague. Crossing a windswept sq., apropos of whatever or different, Kafka tells Janouch, ‘Life is infinitely nice and profound because the immensity of the celebrities above us. you can still simply examine it during the slim keyhole of one’s own event. yet via it one perceives a couple of can see. So primarily one needs to preserve the keyhole clean.’”
They speak about writing (Kafka’s personal, but additionally that of his favourite writers: Poe, Kleist, and Rimbaud, who “transforms vowels into colors”) in addition to expertise, movie, crime, Darwinism, chinese language philosophy, carpentry, insomnia, road fights, Hindu scripture, paintings, suicide, and prayer. “Prayer,” Kafka notes, brings “its countless radiance to mattress within the frail little cradle of one’s personal existence.”
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Conversations with Kafka (Second Edition) (New Directions Paperbook) by Gustav Janouch