Forgiving the Angel

Un libro in lingua di Jay Cantor edito da Random House Inc, 2014

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From one of our most admired and thought-provoking writers: a brilliant, beautifully written, sometimes heart-wrenching gathering of stories that center on a circle of real people whose lives were in some way shaped by their encounters with Franz Kafka.

In four stories that are a deft amalgam of fact and fiction, Jay Cantor captures the reverberations of Kafka's influence on the lives of some of the friends and lovers who survived him. Here is Kafka's last lover, Dora Diamant: their love opening out with both passion and pathos as he succumbs to tuberculosis...Max Brod, his friend and literary executor, struggling with Kafka's instructions to burn all his unpublished stories upon his death, work that Brod thought some of the most precious ever written...the militant German Communist Lusk Lask, whom Dora--still enraptured by the memory of Kafka--marries, and then loses to the Soviet Gulag...a Nazi concentration camp prisoner whose survival will depend on her love for Milena Jesenska, who once survived on her own love for Kafka. Imbued with a gravitas and dark humor that recall Kafka's own work, these stories nonetheless bear the singular imaginary stamp and the keen psychological and emotional insight that have marked all of Cantor's remarkable works of fiction.

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