Currently Reading: Kafka: The Decisive Years October 14, 2013

Austrian writer Franz Kafka

Austrian writer Franz Kafka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the first book that the author wrote and it covers the middle years of Kafka’s life. I loved the last book that Reiner Stach wrote on Kafka:Years of Insight as I have stated in previous posts.

I have only begun this book and am only on page 31 but I loved the introduction where the author spoke on biography and in particularly writing a biography on Kafka and the extreme difficulty it entailed

From page 12 he writes this about biography:

“The biographer’s task is to explain how a consciousness that is set thinking by everything could evolve into a consciousness that set everyone thinking.”

And this from page 8 from Nicholas Boyle about Goethe’s biography:

“Nicholas Boyle wrote in the foreword to his biography of Goethe: What can I offer is only a synthesis of syntheses, whose value will long be outlasted by that of the compilations on which it is based; yet if such a synthesis is not attempted from time to time, and for a particular time, to what end are the compilations made?”

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