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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Mar 23, Geoff rated it it was amazing. Kafka’s first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech. How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say. I’m sinking into his world It’s pure Kafka, yeah, but it’s almost unbearable to read because it’s so compact in substance–the subject matter is intellectually labyrinthine stuff, and when it’s all smashed together like this, it’s overwhelming.

Das Leiden ist das positive Element dieser Welt, ja es ist die einzige Verbindung zwischen notebioks Welt und dem Positiven. Want to Read saving….

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This is a place where I never was before: I only noticed how she swung along as she ran, how her veil flew, how her feet lifted: It is 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. Already tired of me and eager for fresh action, the hounds were running senselessly against the wall.

Jan 07, CherylFaith Taylor rated it it was amazing. Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod: Let me say that I myself have torn myself to shreds. Jun 13, Lee rated it it was amazing.

What I will say is that, reading his life and personal writings chronologically, this volume captures the sharp shift in his inner world that came about in the fall ofwhen he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, when he broke off his relationship with Felice for the last time, when he temporarily moved to the country from the city, when he wasn’t reporting to a dismal office job for the first time in his entire adult life, when he seems to settle into a sort of dark zen acceptance: Man cannot live without a permanent trust in something indestructible in himself, though both the indestructible element and the trust may remain permanently hidden from him.


Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and octafo one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.

It seems Kafka’s literature has to be unfinished in order to be Kafka’s literature. Small things, bursts of words, dense… fragments.

Its capacity lies in finding in the dark void a place where the beam of light can be intensely caught, without this having been perceptible before. 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.

He writes about God less compellingly that “impatience,” which he identifies as the greatest of human flaws, or weaknesses, more than once. Dec 27, Al Matthews rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It essentially reads like a continuation of the diaries, filling in the gap, minus any actual autobiographical material. 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 acceptance of all things as one thing and one thing as all things.

Many of the aphorisms in this book are among my favorite writings by Kafka, and I loved alot of the unfinished narratives as well. Paperbackpages. Return to Book Page. Dieser Punkt ist zu erreichen. Published February 1st by Exact Change first published Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of not getting burnt.


Here is a personal selection. Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka.

Blue Octavo Notebooks

There b,ue no discussion topics on this book yet. I’d likely leave recommendations to Kafka fans. The man in ecstasy and the man drowning—both throw up their arms. When Brod published Kafka’s diaries in he decided to omit the octavo notebooks as he considered their contents more philosophical and literary than the regular diaries Kafka kept. Octavoo Octavo notebooks were later included in a volume of fragments and uncollected writings published inalong with the numbered extracts.

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Kafka was reading Kierkegaard ‘s Fear and Trembling during the time he wrote in these notebooks. They are hanging in my wardrobe, one on each hook. This book is dense. Nun bist du es aber schon, bist Herr deiner Handlungen.

Apr 29, Debra rated it it was amazing. JA Kanofsky – Symposium, If you’ve enjoyed his diaries, reading fragments and unfinished bits and unconnected ideas, then you’ll appreciate this volume. Kafka, Abraham and the Meaning of Suffering. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The coach came, and, bound hand and foot, I was flung in beside the gentleman, over the back seat, so that my head and arms hung down outside the carriage.

In the seventh notebook, I was rather taken with the following as I could actually envisage it: Oct 30, Patty Cottrell rated it it was amazing. Parts of it were brilliant, some others not so. They are not in diary format but are actually literary pieces and fragments of ideas that run the gamut from Judaism to human suffering.