Letters to Milena (Paperback)
Schocken Books Inc, 9780805212679, 320pp.
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesenska, was a gifter and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius and his even more complex character. For thirty-six-year-old Kafka, she was -a living fire, such as I have never seen.- It was to Milena that he revealed his most intimate self and, eventually, entrusted his diaries for safekeeping.