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Short stories and fragments, c. 1920

MS. Kafka 44
Held at the Weston Library

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Forty 4° leaves, and a thick paper wrapper (now fols. i-ii) inscribed (by Brod?) 'Fragmente aus dem Jahre 1920', including:

  1. (fols. 2-3) ' Ein regnerischer Tag'
  2. (fol. 6) [ Eine teilweise Erzählung]
  3. (fol. 7r) [ Nachts]
  4. (fols. 7-10r) [ Die Abweisung]
  5. (fols. 10-11r) ' Zur Frage der Gesetze'
  6. (fols. 11-12r) [ Die Truppenaushebung]
  7. (fol. 20) [ Poseidon]
  8. (fol. 24) [ Gemeinschaft]
  9. (fol. 26r) ' Es ist ein Mandat'
  10. (fol. 26v) [ Das Stadtwappen] - [part of text only ('Dazu kam … Wappen', printed p. 323; there is no manuscript for 'Anfangs … Kampfsucht', printed pp. 318-319)
  11. (fol. 27r) [ Der Steuermann]
  12. (fol. 27) ' Konsolidierung'
  13. (fol. 28) [ Die Prüfung]
  14. (fol. 28v) [ Der Geier]
  15. (fol. 33r) [ Kleine Fabel]
  16. (fol. 39r) ' Die Mühseligkeit'
  17. (fol. 40r) [ Der Kreisel]
  18. (fols. 40r-40v) Hebrew exercises


  • Creation: c. 1920


40 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • German

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MS. Kafka 44

Former reference:

MLR reference: B.(i) XLIII and XLVII; KKA reference: KBod BII, 1 and 2


The contents of two folders (KKA KBod 1 and 2) have now been combined, and re-ordered in one sequence, following the order established in Nachgelassene II (A), 73. Brod's(?) earlier order of part of the manuscript can be reconstructed using the pencilled pagination (his page numbers on the rectos have been circled).

Other Finding Aids

Described: Nachgelassene I (A) – items 1 and 2 (p. 30), and (with KBod BII, 3 - MS. Kafka 45) Nachgelassene II (A) – item 9 (pp. 68-96). Printed: Nachgelassene II, 244-362. Fols. 4r, 4v, 13r, 26v, 29v and 33r reproduced in: Stroemfeld, Oktavhefte 8.

Existence and Location of Copies

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Repository Details

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