Tim Parchikov (b. 1983, Moscow, Russia) - Untitled, from the series Burning News, 2011 Photography
Another literary legend who suffered from the common writer’s affliction of obscurity was Franz Kafka. With the occasional short story appearing in journals like Hyperion, Kafka never received anything other than a lukewarm response in his era, even when it came to his novels. Upon his death, he demanded that his literary executor, Max Brod, destroy all of his work, whether published or not. Obviously, Brod did just the opposite, helping to promote Kafka’s posthumous legacy. It is endlessly ironic that Kafka’s themes focused largely on futility and that, as soon as he stopped trying (very literally, due to his death), fame came in spades.
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Estoy en ese instante en que no me aferro más a la vida, pero llevo conmigo todos los apetitos y las insistentes titilaciones del ser. No tengo más que una ocupación: volverme a hacer.
Top: “The Death Of Marat” (Jacques-Louis David, 1793, oil on canvas)
Bottom: Antonin Artaud as Marat in “Napoleon” (Abel Gance, 1927)
portrait of Romanian actress, Genica Athanasiou wearing a robe designed by Coco Chanel for Jean Cocteau’s version of Sophocles’ Antigone