Letters to Milena

In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair.

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 080415077X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesenska, was a gifted and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius and his even more complex character. For the thirty-six-year-old Kafka, she was "a living fire, such as I have never seen." It was to Milena that he revealed his most intimate self and, eventually, entrusted his diaries for safekeeping. "The voice of Kafka in Letters to Milena is more personal, more pure, and more painful than in his fiction: a testimony to human existence and to our eternal wait for the impossible. A marvelous new edition of a classic text." —Jan Kott





Other Letters to Milena Otras Cartas a Milena

If in Kafka's letters Milena is the absent beloved addressed by a writer, the real Jesenská never did settle into a stable, lasting marriage to Kafka or anyone else. For Rodríguez the theme of failed romantic partnerships repeats across ...

Author: Reina María Rodríguez

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817358013

Category: Poetry

Page: 95

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Other Letters to Milena/Otras cartas a Milena offers a parallel translation of a mixed-genre work by acclaimed Cuban writer Reina María Rodríguez in which poetry merges into creative nonfiction, culminating in a series of essays.




Kafka in Love

In this charming book, author Jacqueline Raoul-Duval follows the paper trail of Kafka's ardor. She uses his voice in her own writing, and a third of the book is pulled from Kafka's journals.

Author: Jacqueline Raoul-Duval

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 1590515420

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Kafka was an attractive, slender, and elegant man--something of a dandy, who captivated his friends and knew how to charm women. He seemed to have had four important love affairs: Felice, Julie, Milena, and Dora. All of them lived far away, in Berlin or Vienna, and perhaps that's one of the reasons that he loved them: he chose long-distance relationships so he could have the pleasure of writing to them, without the burden of having to live with them. He was engaged to all four women, and four times he avoided marriage. At the end of each love affair, he threw himself into his writing and produced some of his most famous novels: Amerika, The Trial, and The Castle. In this charming book, author Jacqueline Raoul-Duval follows the paper trail of Kafka's ardor. She uses his voice in her own writing, and a third of the book is pulled from Kafka's journals. It is the perfect introduction to this giant of world literature, and captures his life and romances in a style worthy of his own.



Kafka s Milena

Very useful are also the notes in Jürgen Born's and Michael Müller's ed . of Kafka , Briefe an Milena ( Frankfurt : Fischer Verlag , 1986 ) ; and in Franz Kafka , Dopisy rodičům z let 1922–1924 ( Letters to his parents , 1922-24 ) ...

Author: Jana Černá

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810110892

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 205

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Widely known for her (largely epistolary) romance with Franz Kafka and as the addressee of his Letters to Milena, Milena Jesenska was a prominent journalist and translator, one of the most famous women in 1930s Prague. This intimate biography by her daughter charts her stormy and colorful life from her rebellious childhood through her literary and political activities to her concentration camp imprisonment by the Nazis. Kafka's Milena was rushed into publication in Prague in 1969, just after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. This edition includes translations of several new letters and articles by Jesenska, including her obituary of Kafka and a wrenching letter from prison to her daughter.

The Journalism of Milena Jesensk

The articles in this volume cover a wide range of topics, including her perceptions of Kafka, her understanding of social and cultural changes during this period, the threat of Nazism, and the plight of the Jews in the 1930s.

Author: Milena Jesenská

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Milena Jesenská, born in Prague in 1896, is most famous as one of Franz Kafka's great loves. Although their relationship lasted only a short time, it won the attention of the literary world with the 1952 publication of Kafka's letters to Milena. Her own letters did not survive. Later biographies showed her as a fascinating personality in her own right. In the Czech Republic, she is remembered as one of the most prominent journalists of the interwar period and as a brave one: in 1939 she was arrested for her work in the resistance after the German occupation of Bohemia and Moravia, and died in Ravensbrück concentration camp in 1944. It is estimated that Jesenská wrote well over 1,000 articles but only a handful have been translated into English. In this book her own writings provide a new perspective on her personality, as well as the changes in Central Europe between the two world wars as these were perceived by a woman of letters. The articles in this volume cover a wide range of topics, including her perceptions of Kafka, her understanding of social and cultural changes during this period, the threat of Nazism, and the plight of the Jews in the 1930s.

Kafka the Years of Insight

Letter to Milena Pollak, July 8, 1920 (B4213–14). 12. ... Letter from Milena Pollak to Max Brod, in Jesenská, “Ich hätte zu antworten tage und nächtelang,” p. 42. ... Letters to Milena Pollak, May 31 and July 12, 1920 (B4 157, 219). 20.

Author: Reiner Stach

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691147515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 682

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This volume of Reiner Stach's acclaimed and definitive biography of Franz Kafka tells the story of the final years of the writer's life, from 1916 to 1924--a period during which the world Kafka had known came to an end. Stach's riveting narrative, which reflects the latest findings about Kafka's life and works, draws readers in with nearly cinematic precision, zooming in for extreme close-ups of Kafka's personal life, then pulling back for panoramic shots of a wider world blighted by World War I, disease, and inflation. In these years, Kafka was spared military service at the front, yet his work as a civil servant brought him into chilling proximity with its grim realities. He was witness to unspeakable misery, lost the financial security he had been counting on to lead the life of a writer, and remained captive for years in his hometown of Prague. The outbreak of tuberculosis and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire constituted a double shock for Kafka, and made him agonizingly aware of his increasing rootlessness. He began to pose broader existential questions, and his writing grew terser and more reflective, from the parable-like Country Doctor stories and A Hunger Artist to The Castle. A door seemed to open in the form of a passionate relationship with the Czech journalist Milena Jesenská. But the romance was unfulfilled and Kafka, an incurably ill German Jew with a Czech passport, continued to suffer. However, his predicament only sharpened his perceptiveness, and the final period of his life became the years of insight.

The Animal in the Synagogue

Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena, ed. Willy Haas, trans. Tania and James Stern (New York: Schocken Books, 1953), 21, 25, 102. Quotations have been checked against Briefe an Milena (New York: Schocken Books, 1952). 2. Ibid. 3. Ibid. 4.

Author: Dan Miron

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498595146

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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This book argues that both Franz Kafka’s personality and his literary activity were perceived by himself as exemplifying the modern Jewish predicament of aspiring to modernity while being tied to a past-civilization, thus finding oneself struggling in a vacuum.

Letter to the Father Brief an den Vater

Franz Kafka wrote this letter to Hermann Kafka in November 1919; he was then thirty-six years old.

Author: Franz Kafka

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0804150753

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 128

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Franz Kafka wrote this letter to Hermann Kafka in November 1919; he was then thirty-six years old. Max Brod relates that Kafka actually gave it to his mother to hand to his father, hoping that it might renew a relationship that had disintegrated into tension and frustration on both sides. Kafka's probing of the abyss between them spared neither his father nor himself, and his cry for acceptance has an undertone of despair. He could not help seeing the lack of understanding between father and son as another moment in the universal predicament depicited in so much of his work. Probably realizing the futility of her son's gesture, his mother did not deliver the letter, but returned it to Kafka instead. Kafka died five years later, in 1924, of tuberculosis.

A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia

After completing this letter, Kafka experienced something of a creative rush and was able to write many of his letters to Milena Jesenska as well as much of Das Schlofi (The Castle) in 1920. Further Reading: Max Brod, Franz Kafka: A Bi- ...

Author: Richard T. Gray

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313303753

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

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More than 800 alphabetically arranged entries detail the life and works of one of the most enduring authors of world literature.

Kafka s Other Trial

In this affecting book, he offers moving insights into the creativity of Franz Kafka and the torment he suffered as a man, a lover, and a writer.

Author: Elias Canetti

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141966173

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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In July 1914, Franz Kafka's fianc�e Felice broke off their engagement in a humiliating public tribunal, surrounded by her friends and family, and the other woman with whom Kafka had recently fallen in love. Broken and bereft, Kafka - at the height of his writing powers - turned the experience into his masterpiece, The Trial, where his lovers became the faceless prosecutors of Josef K. In Kafka's Other Trial, Canetti explores each letter that Kafka wrote to his fianc�e, from their first tender moments together to his final letter and his refusal to reconcile. In this affecting book, he offers moving insights into the creativity of Franz Kafka and the torment he suffered as a man, a lover, and a writer.

Self same Songs

A well - known instance of Kafka's self - effacement occurs when he closes a letter to Milena with his name crossed out several times : “ Franz wrong , F wrong , Yours wrong , nothing more , calm , deep forest " ( Letters to Milena 25 ...

Author: Roger J. Porter

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803287679

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 349

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Self-Same Songs constitutes a major contribution to the growing literary study of autobiography. Using a range of authors, including Homer, Edward Gibbon, Benjamin Franklin, Somerset Maugham, Franz Kafka, and Eug_ne Delacroix, Roger J. Porter offers a broad-based examination of the autobiography and the varied techniques used by its practitioners over time. In a style that is both graceful and erudite, Porter focuses on the diverse motivations and rhetorical functions that the act of self-writing serves for particular writers. He reflects on the texts not only as an exploration of self-identity but also as the writers' attempts to modify the life in the act of writing about it. Then, stepping out of his critical role, Porter ends each chapter with an autobiographical discussion of his professional and personal engagement with the autobiographer under discussion, creating an intriguing and absorbing literary autobiography within the critical text.