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Tycho Brahe's Path to God: A Novel (Avant-garde & Modernism Collection) Paperback – 15 Feb. 2007
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Though best known for his editing and posthumous publication of his friend Franz Kafka's writing, Max Brod was a major novelist in his own right. ""Tycho Brahe's Path to God"", widely considered his finest work and viewed by many as a small masterpiece, concerns the relationship between the great Danish astronomer and the younger, intellectually superior Johannes Kepler. Brod's representation of this complicated relation grew out of his acquaintance with the young Albert Einstein, reproduces his struggles with the Expressionist poet Franz Werfel, and strangely anticipates the most famous act Brod would ever perform: publishing Kafka's writings without his permission. As Brahe attempts to create a diplomatic compromise between the old Ptolemaic system of planetary motion and its modern, Copernican revision, Kepler discards the principle of compromise root and branch. Their conflict thus becomes an emblem of the struggle between a weakened tradition and a self-conscious modernity. The novel manages to convey the intimate, emotional reality of a seventeenth-century political conflict as well as the psychological, political, and artistic turmoil of Brod's own time. This revival of the richly allusive and deeply resonant ""Tycho Brahe's Path to God"" is a true literary event.
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Max Brod (1884-1968) was a Czech-born, German-language novelist, and a lifelong friend of Franz Kafka, Peter Fenves is the Joan and Sarepta Harrison Professor of Literature at Northwestern University. Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was born in what was then Austria-Hungary and before his books were banned by the Nazis his biographies, plays, stories, and his only novel Beware of Pity (Northwestern, 1996), established his reputation as one of the most widely read and translated authors in the world.
- Publisher : Northwestern University Press (15 Feb. 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0810123819
- ISBN-13 : 978-0810123816
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.05 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,859,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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