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

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

So firmly does the hand hold the stone
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
So firmly does the hand hold the stone.
It holds it so tightly,
only to throw it as far away as it can.
But the path also leads all that way.

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Translations of title(s):
"So fest" = "So firmly"
"So fest wie die Hand" = "So firmly, does the hand"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-08
Line count: 4
Word count: 31