The Lost Writings

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4.6 X 7.3 X 0.6 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Kafka left behind explicit instructions in the event of his death: every piece of writing is to be burned unread. We can only imagine what the landscape of literature would look like today had they followed his request. He is now regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth and twenty-first century, inspiring the likes of W. H. Auden, Vladimir Nabokov, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Albert Camus, J. M. Coetzee, JosΓ© Saramago, J. D. Salinger, and Jean-Paul Sartre. It is rumoured that Kafka's lover also ignored his request, and secretly kept twenty notebooks and thirty-five letters. Scholars continue to search for them.
Reiner Stach, born in 1951 in Saxony, is the author of the definitive biography of Kafka. The first two volumes, published by Princeton University Press, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly ("superb"), Library Journal ("a monumental accomplishment"), Kirkus ("essential"), and Booklist ("masterful"). "I can't say enough about the liveliness and richness of Stach's book," Michael Dirda exclaimed in The Washington Post. "Every page feels excited, dynamic, utterly alive.
Michael Hofmann is a poet and frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost translators of works from German to English. His original poetry collections include One Lark, One Horse and Where Have You Been? He has translated Willy Peter Reese's A Stranger to Myself, Joseph Roth's The Tale of the 1002nd Night, Herta Muller's The Land of the Green Plums, and Gottfried Benn's Impromptus. Hofman lives in London.


I think of a Kafka story as a perfect work of literary art, as approachable as it is strange, and as strange as it is approachable.--Michael Hofmann
Kafka is the greatest German writer of our time. Such poets as Rilke or such novelists as Thomas Mann are dwarfs or plaster saints in comparison to him.--Vladimir Nabokov