Kafka in Love by Jacqueline Raoul-Duval

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Through research, they reveal great details by sharing his letters and diaries and forming a portrait of his longing for relationships to fill his otherwise solitary existence.
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Kafka was an attractive, slender, and elegant man--something of a dandy, who captivated his friends and knew how to charm women. He seemed to have had four important love affairs: Felice, Julie, Milena, and Dora. All of them lived far away, in Berlin or Vienna, and perhaps that's one of the reasons that he loved them: he chose long-distance relationships so he could have the pleasure of writing to them, without the burden of having to live with them. He was engaged to all four women, and four times he avoided marriage. At the end of each love affair, he threw himself into his writing and produced some of his most famous novels: Amerika, The Trial, and The Castle.
   In this charming book, author Jacqueline Raoul-Duval follows the paper trail of Kafka's ardor. She uses his voice in her own writing, and a third of the book is pulled from Kafka's journals. It is the perfect introduction to this giant of world literature, and captures his life and romances in a style worthy of his own.
 

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Jacqueline Raoul-Duval is an editor, translator, and novelist. She is the author of Le Charme discret de l'adultère (The discreet charm of adultery) and Un amour amer (A bitter love).Willard Wood has translated extensively from the French, including The Last Rendezvous by Anne Plantagenet (Other Press) and the novels of Goncourt Prize-winning author Jean-Christophe Rufin. A recent NEA Fellow in Translation, he lives and works in Norfolk, Connecticut.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Other Press. 289 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Helen Gallagher on Nov 13 2012

Through research, they reveal great details by sharing his letters and diaries and forming a portrait of his longing for relationships to fill his otherwise solitary existence.

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