Letters to Milena

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The passionate but doomed epistolary love affair between a Czech translator and one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, the author of The Metamorphosis and The Trial.

"Extraordinary...touching, horrifying, brilliant, sickly, [and] heartbreaking.... The most significant key we have for a reading of the author's novels and short stories." --The New York Times

In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into an epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesenská, was a gifted and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius and his even more complex character. For thirty-six-year-old Kafka, she was "a living fire, such as I have never seen." It was to Milena that he revealed his most intimate self and, eventually, entrusted his diaries for safekeeping.

Format/pages: paperback / 320 pages

ISBN: 9780805212679

Publisher: Schocken Books

Year: 2015

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