I am about three-quarters through with this book and I am to the part about time Kafka spent in the sanatorium battling tuberculosis. You would think this would be drudgery but Stach brings Kafka’s emotions and how he handles the tuberculosis where you feel as if you are right there.
Kafka is one of the most complex individuals I have ever read about and I am looking forward to reading his actual work. This year has been wonderful thus far in reading in that I have been introduced to two characters in history I knew nothing about: A.O. Hirschman and Franz Kafka. I strongly urge you to get out of your comfort zone and read something or about someone that you have very little knowledge of or none at all.
- Kafka by Reiner Stach, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Kafka: The Decisive Years by Reiner Stach – review (theguardian.com)
- Kafka’s Insight (3ammagazine.com)
- Currently Reading September 3, 2013 Kafka: The Years Of Insight By Reiner Stach (consilientinterest.com)