by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Eine lange Geschichte
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich sehe einem Mädchen in die Augen, 
und es war eine sehr lange Liebesgeschichte 
mit Donner und Küssen und Blitz. 
Ich lebe rasch.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "A long story", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Une longue histoire", 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: 4
Word count: 23

A long story
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I look a girl in the eyes, 
and see a very long love story
with thunder and kisses and lightning. 
I'm living quickly.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2020 by Laura Prichard, (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: 2020-01-08
Line count: 4
Word count: 23