Glory of Life : A Novel
In July 1923, Franz Kafka is convalescing by the Baltic Sea when he meets Dora Diamant and they fall in love. He is forty years old and is dying; she is twenty-five and seems to him to be the essence of life itself.
Set over the course of Kafka’s last year, The Glory of Life is the story of a fragile, tender romance. After a tentative first meeting an indecisive Kafka moves with Dora to Berlin – a city in the throes of political upheaval, rising anti-Semitism and the turmoil of Weimar-era hyper-inflation – before the tragic advance of his tuberculosis forces them to the Kierling Sanatorium near Vienna, threatening the paradise they have created.
Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted, The Glory of Life is a poignant portrait of one of the most enduring authors in world literature and an evocative rumination on the power of love and friendship.