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Kafka — demystifying the man behind the “Kafkaesque” mystique

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/books/article/kafka_demystifying_the_man_behind_the_kafkaesque_mystique

Franz Kafka has entered our language as an adjective — “Kafkaesque” is applied nowadays to almost anything that strikes us as senseless or surreal — but the man himself remains obscure. Saul Friedlander’s short biography in Yale’s Jewish Lives series, “Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt” (Yale University Press, $25.00), offers an intriguing effort to fill in the blanks of a famous but little-understood author.

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