Franz Kafka was the poet of his own disorder. Throughout his life he struggled with a pervasive sense of shame and guilt that left traces in his daily existenceain his many letters, in his extensive diaries, and especially in his fiction. This stimulating book investigates some of the sources of Kafkas personal anguish and its complex reflections in his imaginary world.In his query, Saul FriedlAnder probes major aspects of Kafkas life (family, Judaism, love and sex, writing, illness, and despair) that until now have been skewed by posthumous censorship. Contrary to Kafkas dying request that all his papers be burned, Max Brod, Kafkas closest friend and literary executor, edited and published the authors novels and other works soon after his death in 1924. FriedlAnder shows that, when reinserted in Kafkas letters and diaries, deleted segments lift the mask of asainthooda frequently attached to the writer and thus restore previously hidden aspects of his individuality.