Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Product Description. The Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka Edited by Max Brod Translated by Ernst Kaiser & Eithne Wilkins ISBN The Blue Octavo Notebooks. by Franz Kafka, translated by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. (Diaries; Exact Change, ). In at the age of thirty-four, Franz.

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This book is dense.

I cannot let go of the earth. Jul 29, Jenni rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m sinking into his world Many notes about Christian faith, sin, suffering, evil. Some of these, which I wrote down: Some of this was rather depressing.

Kafka – The Blue Octavo Notebooks

Bed, constipation, pain in back, irritable evening, cat in the room, dissension. The blue octavo notebooks were the equivalent of those salt-and-pepper student composition books, meant for scribblings and first drafts.

As disturbing as his fictions are, they bother about telling a story and in stories lie nooks and crannies of hope or at least echoes thereof. Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. Darin sind sie mit ihren Gegnern einig.

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October 20, at 6: This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history. Books by Franz Kafka.


Kafka is a genius. But if, for instance, I read a good book, say an account of travels, it rouses me, satisfies me, suffices me.

Franz Kafka – The Blue Octavo Notebooks

It could be imagined that Alexander the Great, in spite of his youthful triumphs in warfare, in spite of the superb army he built up, in spite of the energies he felt in himself that were directed to transforming the world, might have halted at the Hellespont and not have odtavo it, and this not from fear, not from irresolution, not from weakness of will, but from the force of gravity. View all 7 comments. What I do appreciate are the lists and reflections that were clearly there’s always this tension with Kafka’s work, since he allegedly told Max Brod to burn everything; I kind of suspect his, but it still casts reading Kafka in the forbidden, pleasurable light of sneaking into his room and unlocking a little diary.

I enjoy books in various genres, but notebookks literary fiction, literature in translation, historical fiction, history, short stories and travel writing and poetry. There was a buzzing and whizzing in the fields. The true way is along a rope that is not spanned high in the air, but only just above the ground. Filed under German LiteratureKafka. I share with you a few of my favorite pieces from kkafka first few notebooks:.

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When Kafka’s literary executor, Max Brod, published the diaries inhe omitted these notebooks–which include short stories, fragments of stories and other literary writings–because, he wrote, -notations of a diary nature, dates, are found in them only as kwfka rare exception. Small things, bursts of words, dense… fragments. I’d likely leave recommendations to Kafka fans.


Leave a comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Kafka kept journals full bblue day-to-day events; he also kept eight little notebooks cum “reflections” that contain thoughts and ideas that were not so time-bound.

Some are incredibly funny: My three star rating is based essentially on the form of the book, not the content, but the way in which the content is comprised; the raw composition of the material, which is so totally dense in its original state, and not really organized in any sense other than the order in which it was written, notbeooks really work as a book.

Fill in your details below or click octaov icon to log in: At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese- und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities.

In addition to otherwise unpublished material, the notebooks contain some of Kafka’s most famous aphorisms within their original noteboooks. This edition of the English translation has been corrected with reference to the German text for certain omissions and discrepancies of sequence.

I was sitting at the edge of the field, gazing into the water of the little stream. Includes Reflections on Sin etc.