Franz Kafka's diaries, written in German in the perdiod between 1910 and 1923, contain his numerous observations, details from everyday life, reflections on philosophical ideas, notes on dreams and ideas for stories, and offer a detailed overview of the writer's thoughts and feelings, as well as some of the most famous quotations.
During a period of creative crisis, at the age of 27, Kafka began keeping diaries that he wrote until 1923, a year before his untimely death. In the background and composition of all Kafka's great works, one can see the influence of diaries about which literary theorists and historians today conduct detailed analyzes and discussions. From these diaries we can read a man in a deep depression, constantly sick, isolated from friends and family, a man who has a series of failed relationships behind him. These must be the features of Kafka's personality. It is common for the author of a private diary, which should not have been published, to express more than his worries and fears in it. The humor and lightness that appear in Kafka's fiction and the mostly positive image of him that arises from the memories of friends and acquaintances expressed in Kafka's fiction, are not in these diaries. They offer a view of life led by an almost unbearable intensity.
This edition of Diaries is the first critical edition in the Croatian language.
- Cover: paperback
- Original title: Franz Kafka: Tagebücher
- Original language: German
- Translation: Nadežda Čačinovič