Fiction. Rosalind Palermo Stevenson's KAFKA AT RUDOLF STEINER'S is a work of short fiction that explores two factual incidents in Franz Kafka's life. The first is Kafka's visit to the mystical philosopher, Rudolf Steiner, at the time that Steiner was in Prague delivering a series of lectures on the subject of "An Occult Physiology." The second is Kafka's platonic and highly idealized love affair with a young Italian girl during his ten-day stay at the von Hartungen Sanatorium in Riva. In reinventing these two incidents, Palermo Stevenson juxtaposes the real and the imagined, connecting them with Kafka's bleakly self-reflective vision of his life and the foreshadowing in his work of a coming evil that could not be held back. The result is a poetic prose narrative that is deeply interior and at the same time darkly historical.
Rosalind Palermo Stevenson is the author of THE ABSENT (Rain Mountain Press, 2016), KAFKA AT RUDOLPH STEINER'S (2014, Rain Mountain Press) and INSECT DREAMS (2007, Rain Mountain Press). INSECT DREAMS has also been published in the anthologies: Poe's Children (Random House/Doubleday, edited by Peter Straub); and Trampoline (Small Beer Press, edited by Kelly Link). Her story "The Guest" has been included in Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press), and her short fiction and prose poems appear in literary journals including: Web Conjunctions, Skidrow Penthouse, Drunken Boat, First Intensity, Spinning Jenny, Works (of fiction) In Progress (WIPs), Quick Fiction, White Crow, Literal Latte, River City, and Washington Square. Her work has received several Pushcart nominations. Rosalind lives in New York City. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA