Letters to Milena by Franz KafkaIn no other work does Kafka reveal himself as in the Letters to Milena, which begin essentially as a business correspondence but soon develop into a passionate letter love. Milena Jesenska was a gifted and charismatic woman of twenty-three. Kafkas Czech translator, she was uniquely able to recognize his complex genius and his even more complex character. For the thirty-six-year-old Kafka, she was a living fire, such as I have never seen. It was to her that he revealed his most intimate self. It was to her that, after the end of the affair, he entrusted the safekeeping of his diaries.
Newly translated, revised, and expanded, this edition contains material previously omitted because of its extreme sensitivity. Also included for the first time are letters and essays by Milena Jesenska, herself a talented writer as well as the recipient of these documents of Kafkas love, anxiety, and despair.
Letters to Milena
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Log in Sign up. I am constantly trying to communicate something incommunicable, to explain something inexplicable, to tell about something I only feel in my bones and which can only be experienced in those bones. In a way, you are poetry material; You are full of cloudy subtleties I am willing to spend a lifetime figuring out. Words burst in your essence and you carry their dust in the pores of your ethereal individuality. Franz Kafka Letters To Milena. You are the knife I turn inside myself; that is love. That, my dear, is love.
Who would have imagined Franz Kafka being romantic? Personally, I had a rather vague memory of Kafka, that dated back to middle school where reading The Metamorphosis left me more disgusted than surprised. Since then, everything I could think about when Kafka came to my mind was cockroaches and dust. Gregorio Samsa was Kafka to me, and the memory was all but pleasant. I know its dull, but try to blame the thirteen year old me. Nevertheless, due to my exchange semester in the Czech Republic, I committed myself to read at least one random Kafka piece. It took me more than expected to find the right one but finally I chose Letters to Milena , probably motivated by the thorough description of their relationship I found some weeks before in the Kafka Museum in Prague.
Can I still get a letter by Sunday? It should be possible. But this passion for letters is senseless. Explain that, teacher Milena! You are standing fast by a tree, young, beautiful, your eyes are subduing the sorrows of the world with their brightness. When you became involved with others you quite possibly stepped down a level or two, but If you become involved with me, you will be throwing yourself into the abyss.