Franz Kafka’s Non-Identity: Jewish Irony in Extremis

“What have I common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself . . . .”

— Franz Kafka, 8 January 1914, Diaries 1914-1923

“Are you as lonely as that?” I asked. . . .

“. . . .I'm as lonely as . . . as Franz Kafka.”

— Franz Kafka


SOURCE: Robert, Marthe. Franz Kafka's Loneliness, translated by Ralph Manheim (London: Faber & Faber, 1982), pp. v, 81.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Janouch, Gustav. Conversations with Kafka, translated by Goronwy Rees (London: Andre Deutsch, 1971), p. 70.


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