Franz Kafka Quote
We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
It is usually unbearably painful to read a book by an author who knows way less than you do, unless the book is a novel.
The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.
Shannon L. Alder
He shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together:
Few of Kafka's works were published during his lifetime: the story collections Contemplation and A Country Doctor, and individual stories (such as "The Metamorphosis") were published in literary magazines but received little public attention. In his will, Kafka instructed his executor and friend Max Brod to destroy his unfinished works, including his novels The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, but Brod ignored these instructions, and had the bulk of his work published. Kafka's work has influenced a vast range of writers, critics, artists, and philosophers during the 20th and 21st centuries.