Aufzeichnungen zu Kafka (Notes on Kafka) in Die neue Rundschau. Theodor Adorno, Franz Kafka, Marie Luise Kaschnitz.
Aufzeichnungen zu Kafka (Notes on Kafka) in Die neue Rundschau

Aufzeichnungen zu Kafka (Notes on Kafka) in Die neue Rundschau

[Frankfurt]: [S. Fischer Verlag], 1953. Side-stapled offprint, measuring 10 x 7 inches: 29, [3]. Ink presentation inscription from Theodor Adorno to Marie Luise Kaschnitz on title page. Toned and lightly creased; small chip to top righthand corner of first page, not affecting inscription or text.

First edition, a publisher’s offprint warmly inscribed by Theodor Adorno to his colleague, German writer Marie Luise Kaschnitz, and her husband, archaeologist Guido Kaschnitz: “Für Marie Luise und Guido Kaschnitz / Als kleines Zeichen meines Gedankens / Theodor Adorno / Dezember 1953.” First edition of Frankfurt School philosopher Adorno’s 1953 essay on Franz Kafka, a figure to whom he would return over the course of his long theoretical career. Dismissing “existentialist” glosses of Kafka, Adorno focuses on Kafka’s literal and precise details, distinct sticking points that resist symbolic interpretation or assimilation. For Adorno, it is this irreducible quality that gives Kafka’s fiction its unsettling power: “Der Augenblick des Einstands aber, auf den alles bei ihm abzielt, ist der, da die Menschen dessen innewerden, daß sie kein Selbst -- daß sie selbst Dinge sind” (“The crucial moment, however, toward which everything in Kafka is directed, is that in which men become aware that they are not themselves – that they themselves: are things,” trans. Weber). This offprint is inscribed to German novelist and poet Marie Luise Kaschnitz (1901-1974), Adorno’s friend and colleague at the University of Frankfurt. In 1967, Kaschnitz would be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Text in German. A very good copy, with excellent literary provenance.

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