By Franz Kafka
The fundamental philosophical writings of 1 of the 20th century's so much influential writers are actually accrued right into a unmarried quantity with an advent and afterword by means of the distinguished author and writer Roberto Calasso.
Illness set him loose to jot down a sequence of philosophical fragments: a few narratives, a few unmarried photographs, a few parables. those "aphorisms" seemed, occasionally with a couple of phrases replaced, in different writings--some of them as posthumous fragments released purely after Kafka's loss of life in 1924. whereas engaged on K., his significant e-book on Kafka, within the Bodleian Library, Roberto Calasso discovered that the Zürau aphorisms, each one written on a separate slip of very skinny paper, numbered yet unbound, represented anything specified in Kafka's opus--a paintings whose shape he had created concurrently with its content.
The notebooks, freshly translated and laid out as Kafka had meant, are a distillation of Kafka at his strongest and enigmatic. This misplaced jewel presents the reader with a clean point of view at the collective paintings of a genius.
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