Product Description. The Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka Edited by Max Brod Translated by Ernst Kaiser & Eithne Wilkins ISBN In at the age of thirty-four, Franz Kafka was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He spent most of the following year away from Prague, taking in the clean air on a. Franz Kafka – The Blue Octavo Notebooks. Screen Shot at “Among other things in Kafka’s posthumous papers there.

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Let me say that I myself have torn myself to shreds. Apr 29, Debra rated it it was amazing.

Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law. I was sitting at the edge of the field, gazing into the water of the little stream.

The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with out life gives it the appearance of being infinite. Jul 19, Robert rated it really liked it.

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Aug 03, Jody Rambo rated it really liked it. Some are incredibly funny: You and I, the occupants of Never, are gifted our mythology by the severe church Survival, the cathedral of the 20th century. I’m not sure why my friend Blue gave it one star; he’s cantankerous, but smart. 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.

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Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka

Jun 16, Andrew rated it it was amazing. ,afka 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, From late until JuneFranz Kafka ceased to keep a diary, for which he had used quarto-size notebooks, instead writing in a series of smaller, octavo-size notebooks.

This edition includes the notegooks notebooks, the numbered extracts, and Max Brod’s original notes.

Mar 23, Geoff rated it it was amazing. In the seventh notebook, I was rather taken with the following as I could actually envisage it: 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.

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Franz Kafka – The Blue Octavo Notebooks

Upon this Night too cold for Moon, I should snuggle with K. Many notes about Christian faith, sin, suffering, evil. The blue blus notebooks were the equivalent of those salt-and-pepper student composition books, meant for scribblings and “Your will is free means: Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge frannz the French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.

Dec 29, Ingrid Contreras rated it it was amazing. 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 s Compared to most Kafka, maybe a 2?

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He writes about God less compellingly that “impatience,” which he identifies as the greatest of human flaws, or weaknesses, more than once. It fraanz as though he is saying to himself that enduring The Trial or visiting The Castle might not be such a bad thing if one were only more patient with mystery.

Blue Octavo Notebooks

Here is a personal selection. Some passages go so far as to suggest, to me at least, a Zen-like attitude toward existence, which is to say a negation of existence or indifference or an noteoboks of all things as one thing and one thing as all things. Wherever I go, you perch there, ruffling your scanty plumage.

Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka. Stories and Other Writings Schocken Books Es scheint mehr bestimmt stolpern zu machen, als begangen zu werden. From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. Jul 29, Jenni rated it really liked it Shelves: My favorite of Kafka’s journals, with wonderful Nietschean aphorisms told in Kafka’s inimitable cadence and voice.

I only noticed how she swung along as she ran, how her veil flew, how her feet lifted: It was after all just a collection of unfinished thoughts.

This edition of the English translation has been corrected with reference to the German text for certain omissions and discrepancies of sequence.