Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt


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Yale University Press
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5.9 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Saul Friedländer is a renowned historian of the Holocaust and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of History and Club 39 Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.


"This is a book that springs directly from the author's background and from a manifest love for--and great knowledge of--Kafka's work and his milieu. The book's main objective is to mine the question of Kafka's guilt and shame, and Friedlander is more probing, historical and impartial in examining these questions than just about any other scholar I know."--Mark Anderson, author of Reading Kafka and Kafka's Clothes--Mark Anderson
"This book is a clear, uncensorious and serious contribution to the publisher's Jewish Lives series. It is the work of a great historian paying careful attention to a great and disquieting writer."--Robert Eaglestone, Times Higher Education Supplement--Robert Eaglestone "Times Higher Education Supplement "
"Interweaving Kafka's letters, diaries and stories, [Friedlander] shows us a new and vital Kafka, who made literature out of all the things he brilliantly failed at in his mostly painful life. Friedlander, the great historian of the Holocaust, intricately reveals how longing and personal history can disturb and inspire genius. It's as if I'd never read Kafka before, and finally know him."--Philip Schultz, Harriet A Poetry Blog, the Poetry Foundation--Philip Schultz "Harriet: A Poetry Blog "
"Friedländer's concise new book, born of both sorrow and affection, is an ideal place to begin among the hulking alps of Kafka studies."--William Giraldi, New Republic--William Giraldi"New Republic" (04/09/2013)
"Like Kafka's work, Franz Kafka is dense and provocative. In his exploration of Kafka's work, Friedländer calls on his rich knowledge of Central Europe during Kafka's lifetime. . . A candid and stimulating examination of the forces that shaped Kafka's anguished life/work."--Maron L./I>--Maron L. Waxman "Jewish Book Council "
"One turns with relief to the immensely readable Saul Friedländer, whose short biographical essay on Kafka appears in the excellent Jewish Lives series from Yale University Press. . . . Friedländer's style is elegant and lucid, his knowledge of Kafka's oeuvre and social world superb, his command of the critical literature impeccable. . . . Could very well serve as the new classic short introduction to modernism's most elusive writer."--Weekly Standard--Weekly Standard
"A creative, risky approach to interpreting Kafka. . . . Friedländer's approach should motivate us to do what we should: reread one of the masters of 20th-century fiction."--The Forward--The Forward
"[Friedländer] has clearly mastered the vast scholarship that has attached itself to Kafka, and he brings fresh insights of his own to the challenging body of work Kafka left behind."--Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal--Jonathan Kirsch "Jewish Journal "
Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the Germanic Category.-- (01/21/2014)
"This stimulating book investigates some of the sources of Kafka's personal anguish and its complex reflections in his imaginary world."--Jewish Ledger--Jewish Ledger