Franz Kafka A Biography Author:Max Brod Max Brod, himself a novelist of note, was a boyhood friend of Kafka and remained closely associated with him until Kafka's death in 1924. He was certainly the man who came closest to Kafka in his lifetime, and it is to Brod, as Kafka's literary executor and editor, that we are indebted for rescuing and bringing to us the work of this extraordina... more »ry genius. Out of a lifelong loyal and devoted friendship Brod has drawn this account of Kafka's youth, family and friends, the inner struggles of the young writer, his sickness, and his last days.
In many ways Kafka himself was as anonymous and enigmatic as the heroes of his novels. Perhaps no biography can entirely dispel the enigma of Kafka; but a story of his life can shed light on this complicated man who so ardently wished to live a simple life. Brod's biography has done this.« less