I am currently reading: Kafka: The Years of Insight by Reiner Stach and I am finding it tough going. I am enjoying it but I should have read the volume before it: Kafka: The Decisive Years also by Reiner Stach to get a better understanding of Kafka’s issues and family problems with which he was dealing.
This is one of the best books I have read in describing one’s personality and really getting inside one’s head but it is difficult to truly understand without having some prior history. I have ordered Kafka: The Decisive Years and plan on reading it shortly. Another issue that I am having is that I have never read any of Kafka’s writings. I believe this to be a shortcoming in truly understanding him especially during the difficult time of World War I.
Also, I can’t get a handle around his relationship with women and his friends such as Max Brod. I am currently about halfway through and am looking forward to the remainder of the book and working to understand the complexities of Franz Kafka.
- Kafka by Reiner Stach, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Kafka: The Decisive Years by Reiner Stach – review (123plusbooks.wordpress.com)
- Currently Reading: Kafka: The Years of Insight By Reiner Stach (consilientinterest.com)
- Philip Roth on Franz Kafka (biblioklept.org)
- Kafka’s Masterpiece Short Story (anangryweeboy.wordpress.com)