by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

So fest wie die Hand den Stein hält
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
So fest wie die Hand den Stein hält.
Sie hält ihn aber fest,
nur um ihn desto weiter zu verwerfen.
Aber auch in jene Weite führt der Weg.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2008-07-14
Line count: 4
Word count: 28

Si fort que la main tient la pierre
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Si fort que la main tient la pierre.
Elle la tient si fort
seulement pour l'envoyer aussi loin qu'elle peut.
Mais même à cette distance elle montre le chemin.

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Translations of title(s):
"So fest wie die Hand" = "Si fort que la main"
"So fest" = "Si fort"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-15
Line count: 4
Word count: 29