Faithfully Seeking Franz
by Elana Wolff
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 15 Dec 2023
The itinerary of Faithfully Seeking Franz comprises an irregular quest for dead mentor, modernist author Franz Kafka—in places he lived, worked, vacationed and convalesced, and in the body of work he left: fiction, diaries, notebooks, and correspondence. The search for the man inside the writer is both a personal journey and a joint venture of two in the field: E. and M. in pursuit of K. The story might even be said to unfold as a love note to triangulation.
Pitching widely to Canadian media and book reviewers. Pitching to Franz Kafka scholars, organisations and university departments. Readings across Toronto and the GTA; in Vancouver. Pitching to literary festivals across Ontario.
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Average rating from 3 members
I went into this book very curious about what I would find. I did not know much about Kafka or what I was getting myself into. I loved what I found. I loved the structure of the book. Including poetry and pictures really made me feel apart of the story. I now have a reinvigorated interest in Kafka and in prose.
i love, love, love franz kafka, and have always been fascinated by his biography and the people that surrounded him, whether it be his family or his close friends. and i know wolff’s love for kafka is very similar to mine, which is why i felt a certain degree of kinship towards her writing at first, but the book eventually became too long; i found myself plodding through stories and explanations that i have extensively read about elsewhere, wishing to get more of a personal insight from the author instead of just plain facts. it is still a nice read, though, and i would recommend it to those interested in further getting to know kafka as a person as well as the circumstances surrounding his death. i do wish i had felt more engaged, though.