Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Kafka: The Decisive Years by Reiner Stach
The whole art of Kafka consists in forcing the reader to reread. -Albert Camus
I first read about this book in Washington Post Book World review by Michael Dirda so I put it on reserve. It seems that the nature of books that I reserve at libraries throughout the years has been to have several thick tomes show up all at once and not be able to finish any of them before their due dates or to have the requested material completely disappear from the library shelves never to be seen again. The former is what occurred last night as I stopped off to drop off some movies and the Van Ronk book. As eager as I was to return to Shadow of the Wind, I could not stop reading this biography. This is one that will eventually have to be purchased for the home library.