Journal

Franz Kafka wrote some of the most haunting and idiosyncratic works of the twentieth century. His journals record his deep introspection, his sense of alienation, and his struggles with writing. As well as journal entries, this slim exercise book also contains Kafka’s original draft of his short story ‘Das Urteil’ (‘The Judgement’). A week before writing the story Kafka had thought about works of genius. In a beautiful metaphor he describes them as an encouragement to his own writing: ‘The hollow which the work of genius has burned into our surroundings is a good place into which to put one’s little light. Therefore the inspiration that emanates from genius, the universal inspiration that doesn’t only drive one to imitation.’

 

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In German; forty-six leaves, 245 x 195 mm

Early twentieth-century stationer’s notebook with brown book-cloth cover