Kafka: A Love Story
In a German literature class in 1971, in the midst of reading Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, a single question changed Kathi Diamant’s life irrevocably, and in magical ways. In pursuit of the answer, the once-reluctant student learned to love Kafka both as a writer of extraordinary fiction and as an inspirational guide through life.
Her talk will focus on the love story between Franz Kafka and the mysterious Dora Diamant, a young Eastern European woman with whom Kafka shared the last year of his life, the remarkable discoveries Kathi made in her search for what became of Dora after Kafka’s death, and “Ten Things You Should Know about Kafka,” including this one: Reading Kafka can make you smarter. Two separate scientific studies prove it!
Kathi Diamant is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and adjunct professor at San Diego State University, where she leads the Kafka Project, the official search to recover the missing writings of literary giant Franz Kafka. Her book, Kafka’s Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant, won the Geisel Award, the “Best of the Best” in the San Diego Book Awards in 2003.
Based on two decades of immersion research in Poland, Germany, France, England, the Czech Republic and Israel, Kafka’s Last Love has been published in the US, UK, Spain, France, Russia, China, Brazil, and Germany. Her ground-breaking biography rendered previous Kafka biographies incorrect or incomplete, and received critical acclaim in more than 60 international publications for original research and discoveries.
A 2012 Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholar, Kathi has taught courses on Kafka and Writing at San Diego State University’s Osher Institute and the University of California San Diego, and lectures internationally on Kafka’s influence and relevance to our lives.
In recognition of her achievements, in 2006 Kathi received a Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center. A longtime broadcast professional, Kathi continues to work for PBS pledge programs. She earned an EMMY Award (“Outstanding Performer”) in 1985, and in 2007 was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.