Gustav Janouch

Gustav Janouch

The young poet Gustav Janouch (1903-1968) became acquainted with Kafka through his father, who worked at the same insurance agency. Fascinated by the writer, Janouch recorded their conversations for posterity.

Conversations with Kafka

Nonfiction by Gustav Janouch

With a contribution by Francine Prose

The value of Gustav Janouch’s Conversations with Kafka was immediately recognized when it was first published in America in 1953. Through a series of mishaps, however, the original text did not include several large and critical segments of the manuscript. The missing material, only recovered by chance, was integrated in 1971 into this revised and enlarged edition of Janouch’s extraordinary portrait of Kafka. “The living Kafka whom I knew,” the author writes in his post-script, “was far greater than the posthumously published books, which his friend Max Brod preserved from destruction.…
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