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

Zu spät (22. Oktober 1913)
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Zu spät. 
Die Süßigkeit der Trauer und der Liebe. 
Von ihr angelächelt werden im Boot. 
Das war das Allerschönste. 
Immer nur das Verlangen, zu sterben 
und das Sich-noch-Halten, das allein ist Liebe.


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Too late (October 22, 1913)", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Trop tard : 22 octobre 1913", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2009-05-20
Line count: 6
Word count: 32

Trop tard : 22 octobre 1913
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Trop tard.
La douceur du chagrin et de l'amour.
Recevoir un sourire d'elle dans le bateau.
C'était le plus merveilleux de tout.
Toujours rien que le désir de mourir
et celui de vivre encore, cela seul est l'amour.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-15
Line count: 6
Word count: 38