The Zurau Aphorisms

The Zurau Aphorisms

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Franz Kafka spent eight months at his sister's house in Zurau between September 1917 and April 1918, enduring the onset of tuberculosis. Illness paradoxically set him free to write, in a series of philosophical fragments, his settling of accounts with life, marriage, his family, guilt and man's condition. These aphorisms have appeared with minor revisions in various posthumous works since his death in1924. By chance, Roberto Calasso rediscovered Kafka's two original notebooks in Oxford's Bodleian Library.
The notebooks, freshly translated and laid out as Kafka intended, are a distillation of Kafka at his most powerful and enigmatic. This lost jewel provides the reader with a fresh perspective on the work of a genius.
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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 109 x 182 x 21mm | 220g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846550092
  • 9781846550096
  • 647,146

About Franz Kafka

Born in Florence, Roberto Calasso lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi. He is the author amongst other titles of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, which was the winner of the Prix Veillon and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Ka, and K.
Michael Hofmann is a poet and critic, and the translator of many German and Austrian authors, including Elias Canetti, Ernst Junger, Wolfgang Koeppen, Thomas Bernhard and Joseph Roth.
Geoffrey Brock received the PEN Center USA Translation Award and the MLA's Lois Roth Award for his translation of Cesare Pavese's Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950. He is also the translator of Roberto Calasso's K.
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