Readers who know me know my strong link with Franz Kafka. Reading most of his book at 19/20 profoundly changed my life. I was studying European literature at the time, at La Sorbonne, but had a deep interest for philosophy and politics, and felt a little lazy not to have chosen a more difficult major, after two first years when I was studying literature and languages, history, philosophy, in what could be called in English a B.A. in humanities.
So a year later I decide to write my dissertation for my master on Kafka and Milan Kundera's novels and short stories, comparing their texts and ideas in the field of their reference to their hometown, Prague. My first instinct wad to write on poetry, on René Char precisely, but the professor thought the poet was too modern for La Sorbonne... Life finds its way to choose for us, sometimes.
Here is Kafka talking about my favourite subjects, music and art... Favourite because they have the best way of dealing with everything else that matters!
Texts share by Maria Popova on Brainpickings:
“The only strong and deep passions are those which can stand the test of reason.”
BY MARIA POPOVA