Letters to Felice

Letters to Felice

Franz Kafka James Stern Elizabeth Duckworth / Jan 18, 2020

Letters to Felice Franz Kafka first met Felice Bauer in August at the home of his friend Max Brod The twenty five year old career woman from Berlin energetic down to earth life affirming awakened in him a desir

  • Title: Letters to Felice
  • Author: Franz Kafka James Stern Elizabeth Duckworth
  • ISBN: 9780804150767
  • Page: 456
  • Format: ebook
  • Franz Kafka first met Felice Bauer in August 1912, at the home of his friend Max Brod The twenty five year old career woman from Berlin energetic, down to earth, life affirming awakened in him a desire to marry Kafka wrote to Felice almost daily, sometimes even twice a day Because he was living in Prague and she in Berlin, their letters became their sole source of knowlFranz Kafka first met Felice Bauer in August 1912, at the home of his friend Max Brod The twenty five year old career woman from Berlin energetic, down to earth, life affirming awakened in him a desire to marry Kafka wrote to Felice almost daily, sometimes even twice a day Because he was living in Prague and she in Berlin, their letters became their sole source of knowledge of each other But soon after their engagement in 1914, Kafka began having doubts about the relationship, fearing that marriage would imperil his dedication to writing and interfere with his need for solitude Through their break up, a second engagement in 1917, and their final parting later that year, when Kafka began falling ill with the tuberculosis that would eventually claim his life, their correspondence continued The than five hundred letters that Kafka wrote to Felice over the course of those five years were acquired by Schocken from her in 1955 They reveal the full measure of Kafka s inner turmoil as he tried, in vain, to balance his need for stability with the demands of his craft These letters are indispensable for anyone seeking a intimate knowledge of Kafka and his fragmented world Library Journal

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        Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century He was born to a middle class German speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia presently the Czech Republic , Austria Hungary His unique body of writing much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.His stories include The Metamorphosis 1912 and In the Penal Colony 1914 , while his novels are The Trial 1925 , The Castle 1926 and Amerika 1927.Kafka s first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of French language and culture one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.Kafka s writing attracted little attention until after his death During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless The Metamorphosis is considered a short novel Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod Dearest Max, my last request Everything I leave behind me in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters my own and others , sketches, and so on, is to be burned unread Brod overrode Kafka s wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them Brod had told him as much Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka s work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.Max Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka s notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etc.All of Kafka s published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesensk , were written in German.


    1. Franz Kafka and Felice Bauer's engagement photograph, July 1917Kafka's True Will: An Introductory Essay, by Erich HellerEditors' NoteFirst Page of a letter from Franz Kafka to Felice BauerBiographical Note--Letters to Felice BauerBiographical Note--Letters to Grete BlochNotesAppendixChronologyIndex

    2. اگر عمری را به انتظار باشم و هر آنچه با مشقت تمام٬هر چند اندک٬به دست آورده باشم و تمام عمر نمانده ام را٬برای آن لحظه که چشمهای بی قرار تو به من آرامش می دهد که دوستم داریاز دست بدهم می دانم که خیلی کم است و ارزش دارد.خواستن تو نه از دوست داشتن است نه از روی هوس٬من نیازمند تو نیستم [...]

    3. This is a book of love letters sent by Franz Kafka to Felice Bauer between 1912-1917, the woman he was engaged to marry several times. A prolific letter writer, sometimes Kafka would write her twice a day. The following is a line from one of his more famous letters to her and it’s quite intense:“…I answer one of your letters, then lie in bed in apparent calm, but my heart beats through my entire body and is conscious only of you.” The letters offer an insight into Kafka’s genius and ar [...]

    4. نگاه کردن به آن رویِ آدمی که توانسته یکی از شاهکارهای ادبیات را خلق کند، هم جذاب است و هم غمناک. تماشای خلوت و خصلت‌های خاصی که اگر در هر آدمی جدا از نام و شهرتش باشد، می‌تواند او را غیرقابل تحمل کند و این نشان می‌دهد که چقدر فرانتس کافکا متفاوت است. تفاوتی فارغ از خوب یا بد بود [...]

    5. She was dull, had no taste for literature, poetry or theatre, yet he was intent on marrying her. Their break up gave literature The Trail. Behind a very great writer there is a dull woman. (I myself am too interesting to inspire great art.)

    6. Lo que más me gusta de Kafka es las ganas que me hace venir de escribir. Pocos escritores lo consiguen. No se trata de que escriban bien. Nabokov y Dostoievski, otros de mis dos escritores favoritos, no me hacen venir ni el más débil deseo de escribir: todo lo contrario, me apabullan con su perfección y me convencen de que no vale la pena intentarlo. Pero no es que Kafka escriba mal. Por supuesto. Es por lo que cuenta y por la intensidad con la que lo hace. Todo lo que cuenta Kafka me lo sie [...]

    7. I read this in my late teens - or rather about half of the letters, for at some point I had enough of Kafka's constant whining. The letters give an interesting insight into daily life at that time, for the two have been in constant written exchange. However, Kafka's emotional and mental state seems as unhealthy in these lines as it appears in his stories. Was there any room for positive thoughts in him at all? Even his dedication to Felice is more the clinging of a drowning man to the next perso [...]

    8. Kafka's letters to Felice Bauer are almost heart braking to read. Collected they form a painfully honest story of a writer in the midst of turmoil- stuck in a job he loathes, obsessive about his own writing and yet terribly insecure about it, feeling like an outcast and fallen in love with someone who lives in another country. These letters, written at all hours, usually twice a day are repetitive and full of self-criticism and insecurities, but also absolute love and devotion and for all these [...]

    9. Franz Kafka ist ein ganz eigenes Phänomen. Seine Werke sind anders, düster, seltsam, und in den Augen vieler wohl ohne Botschaft oder Moral.Dass hinter solchen Werken auch ein seltsamer, wohl gequälter Mensch stecken muss, ist eigentlich klar.Kafka wollte nie, dass seine unveröffentlichen Werke, Tagebücher oder Korrespondenz nach seinem Tod veröffentlicht werden. Es wurde sich aber darüber hinweggesetzt. Dies ist zum einem ein Glück für uns, zum anderen schon irgendwie unverschämt. Nac [...]

    10. I have not finished this book but I love what I've read so far - Kafka really was a genius. So this book is a collection of letters that Kafka wrote to Felice Bauer between 1912 and 1917, during which time they were twice engaged to be married. So far it's a very insightful read, however, it's also a pretty intense read and I think I'll have to take it slow - only read a few letters each time. Kafka was so passionate about literature and writing. He once wrote in a letter to Felice "writing sust [...]

    11. So far this is a very insightful read to what went on in that genius mind of his. Although at times the letters seem awkward, he shows himself to be the best he can be when he professes his love to Felice. Kafka really was a genius and he never realised it.

    12. Haven't finished this one yet - I think you should take letters a bit at a time. But what I've read so far is very good, and has even made me write a couple of letters myself

    13. 1912:13 Agosto: Primer encuentro con Felice Bauer en casa de la familia Brod en Praga.20 Septiembre: Primera carta a Felice.1913:10/16 Junio: Carta en la que Kafka pide la mano de Felice por primera vez.1914:Principios de Enero: Kafka pide una vez más la mano de Felice por carta; evasiva respuesta deFelice.28 Febrero/1 Marzo: Encuentro en Berlín; objeciones de Felice a un eventual matrimonio con él.Finales de Marzo: Kafka decide abandonar Praga caso de que Felice no se declare dispuesta acasa [...]

    14. فلیسه، من با هر آنچه در وجودم به عنوان یک انسان خوب است، تو را دوست دارم. با هر آنچه در وجودم سزاوار هشیار بودن در میان هستی می کند. اگر این چیزی نیست، پس من هم چیزی نیستم. من تو را همین طور که هستی دوست دارم، با بخش هایی، از تو که خوشم می آید و نیز آنهایی که خوشم نمی آید، همه چیز را [...]

    15. It is Kafka's Birthday, so I thought about writing an initial review!I started the book months ago and I took lots of breaks. It is very intense, painful and leaves a deep impact on the reader. That is why it is hard to take it in one shot!I can feel in the letters his sensitivity, depression, loneliness, social anxiety, self-doubt, and a whole set of other disorders. Sometimes I sympathize with him, other times I feel sorry for Felice because in his words, he was "tormenting" her! I don't know [...]

    16. единственное, что осталось непонятным (ну да, из того, что вообще можно понять в другом человеке, сиречь покойном гении и редчайшем изверге), так зачем Ф. сохранила все письма? я подозреваю в ее характере довольно ясные мазохистские нотки, еще можно, наверное, подумать о пров [...]

    17. Reading these letters reminded me of Stendahl's The Red and the Black. This is to say that it made me wonder how much of thoughts should be left thought vs. communicated to someone. If I didn't know beforehand, these are the letters of someone I would not be too surprised to find had written something like The Trial or The Castle. The hyper sensitivity, attention to detail, and torturous, self-criticism and emotional pedantry almost form a rhythm over the time of this relationship. Manic depress [...]

    18. “Me opongo por completo a todo lo que sea hablar. Cualquier cosa que diga, está equivocada en mi sentido. Para mí, el discurso quita toda seriedad e importancia a cuanto digo. Por ello soy callado; no sólo por necesidad, sino también por convicción. Sólo el escribir es la forma de expresión apropiada a mi persona, y lo seguirá siendo incluso cuando estemos juntos."Ay. Kafka, hablar tampoco es para mí.

    19. The relationship that Kafka and Felice had was pivotal to what we essentially read today as Kafka's.The letters, written quite candidly as ones emotions are right up in one's functioning brain is the essence and beauty of this book. The volatile yet beautiful relationship that these two very different people (explained in the letters) shared is intriguing to read for someone who has been in love, is in love, or is in pursuit of love.

    20. Es un libro interesante porque las cartas permiten descubrir el carácter, las obsesiones, las preocupaciones de alguien que, hasta ahora, solo había conocido como autor. Sin embargo me resultó un poco pesado, lo cual reconozco que es una apreciación basada meramente en mis gustos. Recomendable si te gusta Franz Kafka

    21. Kafka is an excellent master of the word what I've read so far is very good"You will get to know me better; there are still a number of horrible recesses in me that you don’t know."_Franz Kafka, Letters To Felice

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