With its daunting singularity, Franz Kafka’s oeuvre stands alone in the literary landscape of the 20th century. The unerring logic of Kafka’s surrealism, the immense potentialities and vistas he envisioned are the expression of an unexampled quest for artistic individuality, the desire and necessity to escape the dictates of life by means of art. In his stylistically brilliant biography, Rainer Stach shows us what happens when life and art collide and how a tormented child turned into arguably the most fascinating novelist of the 20th century. The final volume “Die frühen Jahre” (The Early Years) joins “Die Jahre der Entscheidungen” (The Years of Decision) and “Die Jahre der Erkenntnis” (The Years of Mastery) to complete the trilogy.
In cooperation with Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof