Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Product Description. The Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka Edited by Max Brod Translated by Ernst Kaiser & Eithne Wilkins ISBN The Blue Octavo Notebooks. by Franz Kafka, translated by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. (Diaries; Exact Change, ). In at the age of thirty-four, Franz.
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Kafka – The Blue Octavo Notebooks
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka. From late until JuneFranz Kafka ceased to keep a diary, for which he had used quarto-size notebooks, instead writing in a series of smaller, octavo-size notebooks.
When Kafka’s literary executor, Max Brod, published the diaries inhe omitted these notebooks–which include short stories, fragments of stories and other literary writings–because, he wrote, From late until JuneFranz Kafka ceased to keep a diary, for which he had used quarto-size notebooks, instead writing in a series of smaller, octavo-size notebooks. When Kafka’s literary executor, Max Brod, published the diaries inhe omitted these notebooks–which include short stories, fragments of stories and other literary writings–because, he wrote, -notations of a diary nature, dates, are found in them only as a rare exception.
In addition to otherwise unpublished material, the notebooks contain some of Kafka’s most famous aphorisms within their original context. This edition of the English translation has been corrected with reference to the German text for certain omissions and discrepancies of sequence.
Followers of Kafka will require this book and will find it most rewarding. Paperbackpages. Published February 1st by Exact Change first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blue Octavo Notebooksplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Blue Octavo Notebooks.
Lists with This Book. Jul 20, Edward rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 23, Geoff rated it it was amazing. Small things, bursts of words, dense… fragments.
You and I, the occupants of Never, are gifted our mythology by the severe church Survival, the cathedral of the 20th century. It was described before it occurred, and what we call an arrival of a body before its arrival is a guardian angel, which clears the way and whispers warnings, its presence indicated by a knocking in the stairwell. View all 7 comments. Jul 05, Lynne King added it Shelves: I lay on the ground by the wall, writhing in pain, trying to burrow into the damp earth.
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The huntsman stood beside me and lightly pressed one foot in the small of my back. Already tired of me and eager for fresh action, the hounds were running senselessly against the wall. The coach came, and, bound hand and foot, I was flung in beside the gentleman, over the back seat, so that my head I lay on the ground by the wall, writhing in pain, trying to burrow into the damp earth.
The coach came, and, bound hand and foot, I was flung in beside the gentleman, over the back seat, so that my head and arms hung down outside the carriage. They are not in diary format but are actually literary pieces and fragments of ideas that run glue gamut from Judaism to human suffering.
Kxfka of this was rather depressing. Is that what you call depressing brilliance as is seen in George Orwell, etc.? My views are very mixed here. The most inspiring part, towards the end of this short work, contains the aphorisms and I could read those over and over again. But still the literary aspect of the book has drawn me into the heart of the matter. In the seventh notebook, I was rather taken with the following as I could actually envisage it: She was running along the highroad.
I did not see her.
I only noticed how she swung along as she ran, how her veil flew, how her feet lifted: I was sitting at the edge of the field, gazing into the water of the little stream. She ran through the villages; children standing in the doorways watched her coming and watched her going. In the eighth notebook, Judaism is brought into the equation: In the following I shall not bother about figures and statistics; that I leave to the historians of the Jewish theater.
My purpose is quite simple: Jun 13, Lee rated it it was amazing. This is an amazing book. I’ve had maybe four copies in the last ten years and have given them all away. It’s printed by two-thirds of what used to be the band Galaxie The other third became Luna.
Includes Reflections on Sin etc. Aug 29, Kate Savage rated it it was amazing. The blue octavo notebooks were the equivalent of those salt-and-pepper student composition books, meant nofebooks scribblings and “Your will is free means: The blue octavo notebooks were the equivalent of those salt-and-pepper student composition books, meant for scribblings and first drafts.
What Kafka created there is a list of irreverent and troubling Zen nltebooks. This book solidifies for me Kafka’s position as one of the most complex and kaka spiritual theorists in the West. Apr 29, Debra rated it it was amazing.
My favorite of Kafka’s journals, with wonderful Nietschean aphorisms told in Kafka’s inimitable cadence and voice. Oct 30, Patty Cottrell rated it it was amazing. Jul 19, Robert rated it really liked it. Kafka kept journals full of day-to-day events; he also kept eight little notebooks cum “reflections” that contain thoughts and ideas that were not so time-bound. Hence he did not feel it. He writes about God less compellingly that “impatience,” which he identifies as the greatest of human flaws, or weaknesses, more than once.
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It is as though he is saying to himself that enduring The Trial or visiting The Castle might not be such a bad thing if one were only more patient with mystery.
Some passages go so far as to suggest, to me at least, a Zen-like kafia toward existence, which is to say a negation of existence or indifference or an acceptance of all things as one thing and one thing as all things. As disturbing as his fictions are, they bother about telling a story and in stories lie nooks and crannies of hope or at least echoes thereof.
Perhaps some of that survives in his most notebools thoughts: They create and hide in aesthetic structures.
And yet fiction writers do have explicit thoughts. Notdbooks 07, CherylFaith Taylor rated it it was amazing. I’m sinking into his world The inner world can only be experienced, not described.
Upon this Night too cold for Moon, I should snuggle with K. Perhaps, even you, the Poet, do not understand what has arrived? Will you ever fully understand? I have far more to Read, but far too little.
Jul 29, Jenni rated it really liked it Shelves: I never realized how religious he was until I read this. Many notes about Christian faith, sin, suffering, evil. A list of “Reflections,” and a few parable-like stories. Some are incredibly funny: I am in possession of five toy rifles. They are hanging in my wardrobe, one on each hook.
The first belongs to me, and the others can be claimed by anyone who wishes to send his name. View all 3 comments. Jun 16, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Im Paradies, wie immer: Das Leiden ist das positive Element dieser Welt, ja es ist die einzige Verbindung zwischen dieser Welt und dem Positiven.
Nur hier ist Leiden Leiden. Ich bin Ende oder Anfang. Das Grausamste des Todes: Bleib bei deinem Tisch und horche. Horche nicht einmal, warte nur. Ein erstes Zeichen beginnender Erkenntnis ist der Wunsch zu sterben. Es scheint mehr bestimmt stolpern zu machen, als begangen zu werden. Dieser Punkt ist zu erreichen. Erkenne dich selbst, bedeutet nicht: