The Zürau Aphorisms of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka

By Franz Kafka

The fundamental philosophical writings of 1 of the 20 th century's so much influential writers at the moment are accumulated right into a unmarried quantity with an creation and afterword through the prestigious author and writer Roberto Calasso.

Illness set him loose to put in writing a sequence of philosophical fragments: a few narratives, a few unmarried photographs, a few parables. those "aphorisms" seemed, occasionally with a number of phrases replaced, in different writings--some of them as posthumous fragments released purely after Kafka's dying in 1924. whereas engaged on K., his significant booklet on Kafka, within the Bodleian Library, Roberto Calasso discovered that the Zürau aphorisms, every one written on a separate slip of very skinny paper, numbered yet unbound, represented whatever certain in Kafka's opus--a paintings whose shape he had created at the same time with its content.

The notebooks, freshly translated and laid out as Kafka had meant, are a distillation of Kafka at his strongest and enigmatic. This misplaced jewel offers the reader with a clean standpoint at the collective paintings of a genius.

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5 centimeters. The pages were very thin and pale yellow, obtained by quartering a number of sheets of stationery. All the fragments were numbered sequentially, in the upper-right corner, and they varied from single, brief sentences (such as 16, 23, 30, 44, 68, and 77) to blocks of a dozen sentences (such as 86 and 104). Max Brod published these texts for the first time in 1953, including them in the collection of posthumous writings, Preparations for a Country Wedding, and giving them a now-famous title: Reflections on Sin, Suffering, Hope, and the True Way.

82 Why do we harp on about Original Sin? It wasn’t on its account that we were expelled from Paradise, but because of the Tree of Life, lest we eat of its fruit. 83 We are sinful, not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The condition in which we find ourselves is sinful, guilt or no guilt. 84 We were created to live in Paradise, and Paradise was designed to serve us. Our designation has been changed; we are not told whether this has happened to Paradise as well.

If the man had taken the part of the second person from the outset, and not just when the time came to make a decision, then the first person would have been suppressed, and with it the craving. 82 Why do we harp on about Original Sin? It wasn’t on its account that we were expelled from Paradise, but because of the Tree of Life, lest we eat of its fruit. 83 We are sinful, not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The condition in which we find ourselves is sinful, guilt or no guilt.

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