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9/25/2003: (San Diego, CA) - Kathi Diamant, author of "Kafka's
Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant," will read from her
book on Monday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the third floor auditorium
of the Central Library, located at 820 E St. in downtown San Diego.
This event is free to the public.
"Kafka's Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant," is
a gripping literary detective story that brings to light the amazing
woman who captured writer Franz Kafka's heart and kept his literary
flame alive for decades. That woman was Dora Diamant, a bright
and intrepid Polish Jewish refugee who fled her Orthodox family.
She met Kafka by the Baltic Sea, and it was love at first sight,
although Kafka was already gravely ill with the tuberculosis that
killed him just a year later. Along with her husband and daughter,
Dora fled Hitler's Germany only to meet with disaster in Moscow.
Resilient and resourceful, she found sanctuary in England, but
she never stopped thinking about Kafka, her true love, and never
stopped mourning the loss of her secret cache of his writings.
Confiscated by the Gestapo, they may never be recovered, but Kathi's
reclaiming of Dora Diamant's extraordinary spirit has brought
many other treasures to light.
The Friends of the Central Library and Wahrenbrock's Book House
will have copies of "Kafka's Last Love: The Mystery of Dora
Diamant" available for purchase and signing following the
Kathi Diamant is director of the Kafka Project and adjunct professor
at San Diego State University.