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Known for depicting alienation, frustration, and the victimization of the person by means of impenetrable bureaucracies, Kafka's works have given upward push to the time period Kafkaesque. This encyclopedia information Kafka's lifestyles and writings.

Included are greater than 800 alphabetically prepared entries on his works, characters, family and pals, issues, and different themes. lots of the entries cite works for extra analyzing, and the Encyclopedia closes with a particular, common bibliography.

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During summer 1909, Kafka was experiencing one of his perennial writing crises, feeling that he was unable to tap the source of his creative inspiration and get down to serious composition. Max Brod devised the idea of a writing competition between Kafka and himself as a strategy for helping his friend break out of his writer's block. " Shortly after their return to Prague, this piece appeared, in shortened form, in the cultural section of the newspaper Bohemia on 29 September 1909. Brod's companion piece, entitled "Flugwoche in Brescia" (Flight Week in Brescia), appeared in the journal Marz in fall 1909.

With Kafka's strong encouragement, the three decided to travel to Brescia on 10 September to witness this still uncommon and fascinating event. The Wright brothers had just begun demonstrating their planes in Europe a year earlier, in 1908, and in July 1909, just two months before the event in Brescia, the French aviator Louis Bleriot had accomplished the stupendous feat, for the time, of overflying the English Channel. During summer 1909, Kafka was experiencing one of his perennial writing crises, feeling that he was unable to tap the source of his creative inspiration and get down to serious composition.

The opening paragraphs reflect more generally on the experience of being a foreigner in a foreign land, in particular on the disjunction between Aestheticism the sensibilities of the three young men from Prague and those of their Italian hosts. Kafka also plays up the nature of the air show as a significant social event, one that attracts not only nobility from throughout Europe but also the fashionable middle class, artists such as Gabriele d'Annunzio and Giacomo Puccini and even the impoverished masses.

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