Saturday, 8 August 2009


Kafka said: ‘I have brought nothing with me of what life requires, so far as I know, but only the universal human weakness. With this—in this respect it is gigantic strength—I have vigorously absorbed the negative element of the age in which I live, an age that is, of course, very close to me, which I have no right ever to fight against, but as it were a right to represent.’ Intimacy and strength—the two defining characteristics of Kafka’s writing.

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