The Diaries of Franz Kafka; Franz Kafkas Glauben und Lehre, by Max Brod; and Franz Kafka: An Interpretation, by Herbert Tauber
Franz Kafka’s diaries neither complement nor explain his creative work. They merely add the mystery of his person to the mystery of his writings.
To begin with, they are not diaries. Unlike Goethe, Kafka never set much store on himself as an individual, nor did he, like Gide, look on himself as the punctually functioning conscience of his times. He always left life behind him. Writing was the road of this withdrawal, the surest, quickest, in fact the only road.
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