Author(s): Franz Kafka
One of the most astonishing and revelatory pieces of writing ever produced by this twentieth-century literary icon, presented in both the original German and the English translation. Kafka s letter to his father is at once an exploration of his relationship to his father, his need to write, and the source of his fear one that his father prompts in him but that is beyond the scope of Kafka s memory and power of reasoning. There is no greater text about authority, the disfiguring effects of shame, and, in particular, Kafka s lifelong need to have his father's unobtainable approval."
FRANZ KAFKAwas born in Prague in 1883 and died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium near Vienna in 1924. After earning a law degree in 1906, he worked most of his adult life at the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute in Prague. Only a small portion of Kafka's writings were published during his lifetime. He left instructions for his friend Max Brod to destroy all of his unpublished work after his death. Brod ignored those instructions and undertook instead to publish"The Trial"(1925), "The Castle"(1926), and"Amerika"(1927)."