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

Aus einem alten Notizbuch
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Jetzt am Abend, nachdem ich von sechs Uhr früh an gelernt habe, 
bemerke ich, wie meine linke Hand die Rechte schon 
ein Weilchen lang aus Mitleid bei den Fingern umfaßt hielt.


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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "From an old notebook", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "D'un vieux cahier", 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: 3
Word count: 31

D'un vieux cahier
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Maintenant, le soir, après avoir étudié depuis six heures du matin,
je remarquais que ma main gauche depuis
un certain temps serrait les doigts de la droite en compassion.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2016 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-15
Line count: 3
Word count: 29