[Item #5748] Diaries 1914-23. Franz Kafka.
Diaries 1914-23
Diaries 1914-23
Diaries 1914-23
Diaries 1914-23

Diaries 1914-23

New York, NY: Schoken Books, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. "This, the second and final volume of the widely acclaimed complete Diaries of Franz Kafka, embraces the period of Kafka's most productive and mature literary activity, breaking off one year before his death. It was during this period that he wrote The Trial, The Castle, "In the Penal Colony," "The Burrow," "Josephine the Singer," etc. In this volume, as the end draws near, the violence of Kafka's introspection rises to a fearful crescendo. Kafka knew better than anyone else the impasse he was in, and he states it over and over again with agonized clarity in these pages...This is not merely one man bemoaning his fate, it is a statement of great and general import; the Diaries are not only the private jottings of a writer of genius, they are one of the greatest descriptions, outside formal literature, of the modern situation." (from front flap) The second volume of diaries by Franz Kafka (1883-1924), the Jewish-Bohemian author whose uniquely visionary novels & stories have so impacted literature & culture that the term "Kafkaesque" is understood by all humanity to stand for its tortuous, self-made modern predicament. Here we offer the first American English-language edition of Kafka's theretofore unpublished private diaries (Vol. 2 only), edited & with a Postscript by his contemporary friend & literary executor Max Brod (1884-1968); & translated from the original German by Martin Greenberg (1918-2021), the noted Jewish-American poet & translator, "with the co-operation" (per copyright page) of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), the acclaimed German-Jewish-American historian & political philosopher. Also with notes, chronology & a "List of Authors, Artists, Periodicals, and Works." Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket (all-but-certainly first issue with $3.75 price printed at front flap), first edition, first printing (though neither explicated as such on copyright page, which does not refer to further editions or printings). From the collection of George Bornstein (1941-2021), the late, great scholar, author & academician here at the University of Michigan- a true Giant of Letters who was a dearly missed friend & mentor to this writer. Throughout the volume is Bornstein's marginalia (likely from his pre-professorial student days) in blue ink, mostly horizontal underlines & vertical highlighting or asterisks at margins, but also with some substantive cursive commentary. None of this obscures or renders illegible any of the text; & considering the source, it is an insightful & learned enrichment thereof. A most essential Kafka collectible in its rarest original translated form, with the most highly distinguished provenance. Book in near-fine condition with very light wear, fading mostly to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; mild browning, light rubbing to side & lower edges of text block; moderate fading of black-(or grey?)dyed upper edge of same. Interior near-fine with mild browning to blank paste-downs, endpapers & page leaves (the latter mostly at blank margins/edges); extensive but unobtrusive & enriching marginalia as noted above. Dust jacket relatively good-to-near-fine with moderate rubbing, scratching, fading, mild browning & occasional spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear at edges & corners of same; several chips & short, closed tears at same (esp. spine-edges, corners) with minimal loss of paper, surface paper; underlining in light blue ink of several lines at front flap. Near Fine / Good- Near Fine. [Item #5748]

Price: $75.00