Kafka in 90 Minutes

By Paul Strathern
Read by Robert Whitfield

The Great Writers in 90 Minutes Series

2.13 Hours 06/27/2005 unabridged
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A handsome recluse, plagued by indecision and hypochondria, Kafka nonetheless exhibited an extraordinary strength. He developed the uncanny ability to observe himself with cool objectivity, and he cultivated this ability in his writing, where it appeared in increasingly original metaphorical form. His works became among the greatest of the twentieth century, and his influence permeated far and wide, transcending literature. His descriptions of his attempts to escape from a self-made tyranny are his great works of art. Kafka in 90 Minutes also includes selections from Kafka’s writings, a list of his chief works in English translation, a chronology of Kafka’s life and times, and recommended reading for those who wish to delve deeper.

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Summary

Summary

A handsome recluse, plagued by indecision and hypochondria, Kafka nonetheless exhibited an extraordinary strength. He developed the uncanny ability to observe himself with cool objectivity, and he cultivated this ability in his writing, where it appeared in increasingly original metaphorical form. His works became among the greatest of the twentieth century, and his influence permeated far and wide, transcending literature. His descriptions of his attempts to escape from a self-made tyranny are his great works of art.

Kafka in 90 Minutes also includes selections from Kafka’s writings, a list of his chief works in English translation, a chronology of Kafka’s life and times, and recommended reading for those who wish to delve deeper.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fine guide, especially recommended for students...Provide[s] concise overviews...Makes an easily digested introduction.” Bookwatch
“Succinct and easy-to-read synopsis of the unusual—even dysfunctional—life…” Foreword
“Furnished a quick way for general readers to familiarize themselves with writers they wish to read or reread.” Tennessean

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Author Bio: Paul Strathern

Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. The author of many nonfiction books and of articles for numerous publications, he has also written several novels and has won the Somerset Maugham Prize. He lives and writes in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 2.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English