Kafka’s Letters Released as eBooks for his 130th Birthday

Happy 130th birthday Kafka!

Happy 130th Birthday to Franz Kafka! Yeah, I know, it’s a little late (he was born July 3rd, 1883), but better late than never, right?

In honor of the author’s big day, Schocken Books, an imprint of Knopf Doubleday, has re-released five of the author’s letters exclusively in eBook format with new covers by award-winning designer Peter Mendelsund.

The letters have been out of print for more than 20 years, so you can see why it’s making a bit of a splash. The Huffington Post even did an excerpt from Kafka’s Letter to his Father — with permission, of course.

Today would have been Franz Kafka's 130th birthday. The following is an excerpt of a letter that Kafka wrote to his father, Hermann Kafka, in 1919. He was hoping that it might be a peace offering, as the father/son relationship had disintegrated and fallen apart over the years. Kafka gave it to his mother to deliver, but she never did, returning it to Kafka instead. He died of tuberculosis five years later.

There have been lots of celebrations of Kafka’s birthday, including a Metamorphosis Google doodle — there’s even a video. How did you celebrate Kafka’s birthday?

Dean Fetzer

News by Dean Fetzer

Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

To leave a comment Login with Facebook or create a free account.