Lettre au père

République des Lettres
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Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Franz Kafka et d'une étude de ses manuscrits. Écrite en novembre 1919, publiée en 1953, cette lettre de l'auteur du "Procès" écrite à l'intention de Hermann Kafka, son père, est considérée comme la clé de sa personnalité et de son oeuvre. En 1919, Franz Kafka a 36 ans. Il a publié quelques nouvelles ("La Métamorphose", "Le Verdict", "La Colonie pénitentiaire") mais doit occuper un emploi peu satisfaisant de juriste dans une compagnie d'assurance pour gagner sa vie. Tuberculeux, il est incapable d'assurer son indépendance et vit encore au foyer de son géniteur. Deux tentatives de mariage ont déjà échoué. Il projette cependant d'épouser une jeune praguoise, Julie Wohryzeck, rencontrée au début de l'année. Son père s'oppose au projet. Franz, n'ayant pas la force de contester l'autorité de ce père juif castrateur, rédige alors cette longue lettre poignante, à la fois réquisitoire et plaidoyer, où il fait le tour des relations conflictuelles qu'il entretient avec lui. Plaidant "coupable", il n'en règle pas moins son compte avec la figure paternelle qui domine sa vie, révèlant l'ultime secret: "Dans mes livres, il s'agissait de toi, je ne faisais que m'y plaindre de ce dont je ne pouvais me plaindre sur ta poitrine." Seule sa mère lira la lettre, son père n'en aura jamais connaissance.

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République des Lettres
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Published on
Mar 24, 2013
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Pages
80
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ISBN
9782824901183
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Language
French
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
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