Kafkas Relatives Anthony Northey

ISBN: 9780300045857

Published: March 11th 1991

Hardcover

115 pages


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Kafkas Relatives  by  Anthony Northey

Kafkas Relatives by Anthony Northey
March 11th 1991 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 115 pages | ISBN: 9780300045857 | 5.25 Mb

Kafkas extended family, or Mischpoche, often inspired his creative writings. In this work of literary detection, Anthony Northey traces the background of the Kafka clan. The information he provides shows Kafkas family origins in a clearer light,MoreKafkas extended family, or Mischpoche, often inspired his creative writings. In this work of literary detection, Anthony Northey traces the background of the Kafka clan. The information he provides shows Kafkas family origins in a clearer light, points out unexpected connections between the lives of Kafkas relatives and his fiction, and offers a fuller picture of social and commercial activities during the Belle Epoque.

For 15 years, Northey has pursued elusive clues and researched obscure archives, local newspapers, passenger lists, and industry reports from many countries to recreate the history of the Kafka family. He relates, for example, how one of Kafkas uncles, Joseph Loewy, emigrated to France, spent 12 years in the Belgian Congo administering the construction of a railway, visited China and Canada, returned to France, and finally settled in Switzerland. Similar exploits of other family members who included successful lawyers and businessmen as well as the prominent academician and politician Bruno Kafka are told.

Northey shows how the exploits of Kafkas relatives provided the nuclei of major and minor writings, expecially the novel Der Verschollene (known in English as Amerika). He also explores how Kafkas success-oriented relatives affected his sense of self.



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