Kafka's Last Love by Kathi Diamant

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In this gripping literary detective story, Kathi Diamant brings to light the amazing woman who captured Kafka's heart and kept his literary flame alive for decades. It was Dora Diamant, an independent spirit who fled her Polish Hasidic family to pursue her Zionist dreams, who persuaded Kafka to leave his parents and live with her in Berlin the year before he died. Although many credit (or blame) her for burning many of his papers, as he had requested, she also held onto many others-papers that the Gestapo confiscated and that have yet to be recovered. Dora's life after Kafka-from her days as a struggling agitprop actress in Berlin to her sojourn in Moscow in the 1930s, from her wartime escape to Great Britain, to her first emotional visit to the new nation of Israel-offers a prism through which we can view the cultural and political history of twentieth-century Europe.Based on original sources and interviews, including never-before-seen material from the Comintern and Gestapo archives and Dora's newly discovered notebook, diary, and letters, Kafka's Last Love illuminates the life of a literary "wife" who, like Véra Nabokov and Nora Joyce, is a remarkable woman in her own right.
 

About Kathi Diamant

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Diamant is the director of the Kafka Project at San Diego State University. She lives in San Diego, California.
 
Published March 31, 2003 by London: Secker and Warburg, 2003.. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A welcome, well-written addition to Kafka studies, valuable in its portrayal of the writer as a human being, not a monument.

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Yet Diamant, states namesake (but no known relation) Kathi Diamant (Kafka Project/San Diego State Univ.), sparked something in Kafka from their very first meeting in Berlin in 1922.

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Kafka's Last Love by Kathi Diamant Secker & Warburg £15.99, pp402 The women in Franz Kafka's life were many and adoring but Kafka found it hard to sustain affairs.

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Franz Kafka's story is well known, Dora Diamant's is not.

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