Product Description. The Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka Edited by Max Brod Translated by Ernst Kaiser & Eithne Wilkins ISBN In at the age of thirty-four, Franz Kafka was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He spent most of the following year away from Prague, taking in the clean air on a. Franz Kafka – The Blue Octavo Notebooks. Screen Shot at “Among other things in Kafka’s posthumous papers there.

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The name was ftanz to them by Max BrodFrans literary executor, to differentiate them from the regular quarto-sized notebooks Kafka used as diaries. What I will say is that, reading his life and personal writings chronologically, otcavo volume captures the sharp shift in his inner world that came about in the fall ofwhen he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, when he broke off his relationship with Felice for the last time, when he temporarily moved to the country from the city, bllue he wasn’t reporting to a dismal office job for the first time in his entire adult life, when he seems to settle into a sort of dark zen acceptance: Aug 29, Kate Savage rated it it was amazing.

She ran through the villages; children standing in the doorways watched her coming and watched her going. Differences in the view one can have of things, for instance of an apple: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Some of these, which I wrote down: It was after all just a collection of unfinished thoughts. My three star rating is based essentially on the form of the book, not the content, but the way in which the content is comprised; the raw composition of the material, which is so totally noebooks in its original state, and not really organized in any sense other than the order in which it was written, doesn’t really work as a book.


Many notes about Christian faith, sin, suffering, evil. View all 7 comments. I have far more to Read, but far too little.

I lay on the ground by the wall, writhing in pain, trying to burrow into the damp earth. In the eighth notebook, Judaism is brought into the equation: He writes about God less compellingly that “impatience,” which feanz identifies as the greatest of human flaws, or weaknesses, more than once.

Blue Octavo Notebooks

Im Paradies, wie immer: This fact can even be proved by means of the sense of hearing. When Kafka’s literary executor, Max Brod, published the diaries inhe omitted these notebooks–which include short stories, fragments of stories and other literary writings–because, he wrote, From late until JuneFranz Kafka ceased to keep a diary, for which he had used quarto-size notebooks, instead writing in a series of smaller, octavo-size notebooks.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Published February 1st by Exact Change first published The first belongs to me, and the others can be claimed by anyone who wishes to send his name. Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law.

A list of “Reflections,” and a few parable-like stories. This is going too far. Ein erstes Zeichen beginnender Erkenntnis ist der Wunsch zu sterben. Jun 22, Peter Rock rated it really liked it. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

Nun bist du es aber schon, bist Herr deiner Handlungen. My purpose is quite simple: We crawled through the dust, a pair of snakes. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world…. Followers of Kafka will require this book and will find it most rewarding. It’s almost like he is only able to say what he means by failing to say it, or something like that.


Dec 29, Ingrid Contreras rated it it was amazing. The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with out life gives it the appearance of being infinite.

Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka

You raven, I said, you old bird of ill omen, what are you always doing on my path? Horche nicht einmal, warte nur. The notebooks are recognized for expressing some of Kafka’s interest in Judaic studies, [2] though he continued to live a secular lifestyle. Some passages go so far as to suggest, to me at least, a Zen-like attitude toward existence, which is to say a negation of existence or indifference or an acceptance of all things as one thing and one thing as all things.

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Kafka – The Blue Octavo Notebooks

In addition to otherwise unpublished material, the notebooks contain some of Kafka’s most famous aphorisms within their original context.

Jul 29, Jenni rated it really liked it Shelves: I rated some of the same writings that Max Brod compliled in The Great Wall of China at 5 stars simply because they were more digestible. The coach came, and, bound hand and foot, I was flung in beside the gentleman, over the back seat, so that my head I lay on the ground by the wall, writhing in pain, trying to burrow into the damp earth. The most inspiring part, towards the end of this short work, contains the aphorisms and I could read those over and over again.

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The Octavo notebooks karka later included in a volume of fragments and uncollected writings published inalong with the numbered extracts. Includes Reflections on Sin etc.