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dale-estey's picture
Jul.23.2013
Alas, Poor Franz.  I have noted how amazed I am at all the different 'causes' that take up Kafka as their own. I previously was most taken by Marxist interpretations of his work. I knew that the new biography by Saul Friedlande, which chooses to delve deeply into Kafka's sex life, would...
dale-estey's picture
Jul.14.2013
It does some good to be dead 90 years. People seem to remember you. Kafka does not lurk in the shadows of Prague. He is the shadow of Prague. [DE]   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  Kafkaesque or Kafka-less Prague by Masha Volynsky Earlier this month, literatis in this country and all...
dale-estey's picture
Jul.12.2013
Yet another biography of Kafka - this one in three parts. I have read that there are more books written about Kafka than any other author. I'm not going to try to find out, but I am doing my bit. This is part two of Reiner Stach's biography, entitled The Years of Insight. It covers his life from...
dale-estey's picture
Jul.09.2013
Kafka was not ambivalent about his opinion of Prague. Of the city he said: "The little mother has claws." And in my novel about Kafka, I have given him the line (though I can not shake the feeling that I actually read it somewhere else): "If I could get out of Prague, I wouldn't have to get out of...
robert-earle's picture
Jul.03.2013
Death with Interruptions is the first novel by José Saramago I've read. As always there's no reason why I haven't read his work except that I've been been busy reading other stuff.   This is a novel that reads somewhat like Kafka, somewhat like Paul Auster,  and somewhat like Don DeLillo...
dale-estey's picture
Jul.03.2013
  Franz Kafka was born one hundred thirty years ago, so he would probably be dead had he lived. I wonder what Kafka would think about the worldwide communication and information of today. He was a rigid fixture of the staid (he hated using the telephone). He also was a keen observer of the...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.27.2013
I am glad to see a spirited defence for Kafka in the LA Times. As it is, LA seems to be more akin to the Amerika Kafka envisaged in his novel, Amerika. [DE]   A young Franz Kafka, author of "The Metamorphosis," "The Trial" and other works.  (Los Angeles Times / Handout / June...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.22.2013
This article in The Atlantic Monthly is entitled "Is Franz Kafka Overrated?" The answer is No! One might as well try to overrate the stars in the sky, but then, I am prejudiced. People seem to keep imposing external strictures on Kafka which have no bearing. He is also weighted with canards that...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.18.2013
Kafka's first novel has a new translation and embarks upon its own voyage into the new world. Though it is not really new - it is the same old world of men and hopelessness, and it's the same old world since humans decided to live with other humans. A laff a minute, of course - if you happen to be...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.16.2013
My own father never ascribed any importance to Father's Day (nor Mother's Day, neither). He classed  both as being foolish and a commercial cash grab against the gullible. Buy our cards; buy our flowers; buy our candy; buy our presents: buy buy buy. He had, I would say, little fondness,...