[Ads-l] Oh, hope enough, infinite hope, just not for us. Franz Kafka

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 5 18:28:42 UTC 2021

In 2019 Jonathan Franzen wrote a piece in "The New Yorker" which
begins with a quotation:

[Begin excerpt]
"There is infinite hope," Kafka tells us, "only not for us."
[End excerpt]

I received a request to trace this quotation, and I located a 1921
article in "Die Neue Rundschau" by Kafka's friend Max Brod which
contains the quotation. There is another version of the quotation in
Max Brod's biography of Kafka. Here is a link to the Quote
Investigator article:

Plenty of Hope; Infinite Hope; Just Not for Us

Your help would be appreciated if you wish to offer suggestions to
improve the English translation presented for the German passage of
the 1921 article.

The translation for the German passage in the 1954 biography is from
the 1960 English edition of the biography.
Feedback welcome

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