Important item, of interest to Kafka addicts. These diaries cover the period from 1910 to 1913, when the now famous author of The Trial, The Castle, etc. was struggling to bring his talent into being. Kafka, during this period, was working in a government insurance office in the morning, in his father's factory in the afternoon, and writing or visiting with friends in the evening. Among these friends, Max Brod was among the closest. Kafka was suffering from incipient tuberculosis, from his neurasthenic sensitivity, from unhappy circumstances with his family, from an unrequited love. His diary was his confidante, repository not only of his thoughts and reflections, but of scraps of descriptive writing, bits and pieces of his work, notations of dreams, critical comments, and chiefly a record of his intense struggle to bring to fruition his all-inclusive interest in literature. Now for the first time available in English, these diaries present a gold mine to his followers. There is a definite Kafka cult today. Whatever the verdict of the future, one must recognize a kinship between Kafka, Rilke and Proust.