Monday, June 27, 2005

Kafka and Berlin

Mark Harman's essay Missing Persons: Two Little Riddles About Kafka and Berlin is full of interest. Kafka's reaction to watching Hamlet, the untranslated letters from Berlin to his parents and (especially) the mystery of the letters he wrote for a little girl found in a park weeping over the loss of a doll.


  1. Guy Davenport, one of my favorite writers, makes wonderful use of the doll incident in his story "Belinda's World Tour" from the collection A Table of Green Fields. Another Davenport story about Kakfa is one of his most well-regarded, "The Aeroplanes at Brescia" in Tatlin!.

  2. Hello.
    In Berlin or not,what if Max Brod, his friend, had not only saved from the flames the small blue notebooks. What if, in spite of the prohibition, he had also kept a thin album of sixteen photographs? And it would be this album which would be presented here. An album of improbable photographs where Franz Kafka (Mr K.) would appear in places and would approach the characters that it could have (or maybe that he should not have) met. In a way, a life dreamt. A tribute, anyway.



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