május 4, 2011 |

Franz Kafka did not just win the admiration of posterity with his writings. In his very person he had an even stronger impact on those individuals who were really close to him, and for whom being with him was the wonder of friendship.

The young poet who visited him at his workplace the Workers’ Accident Insurance Institute; the medical student who was with him in the sanatorium; the kitchen-girl at a Jewish orphan camp in a German seaside resort, with whom he later lived in Berlin, and who remained at his side till the very end; the little girl in a playground whom he consoled for the loss of her doll: these people didn’t see in him a writer genius, but a human genius, sometimes even a saint: they enjoyed his sparkling conversation full with humour, his ideas, and his incomparable attentiveness.


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