Kathi Diamant



Kathi Diamant


San Diego, CA, USA


Memoir and Biography, Non-fiction

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Kafka’s Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant” is the first biography of the woman who was literary giant Franz Kafka’s last love, and the woman accused of burning his work. Since 1998, author Kathi Diamant has directed the Kafka Project at SDSU, the official international search for Kafka’s lost writings stolen by the Gestapo in Berlin in 1933. Her immersion research into Franz Kafka’s life yielded many new discoveries, and her biography, “Kafka’s Last Love” received critical acclaim internationally, won the Geisel Award, the “Best of the Best” in the San Diego Book Awards. Since the first US publication in 2003, Kafka’s Last Love has been published in a dozen editions, including translations in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Turkish and more. Her Kafka Project efforts in recovering Kafka’s manuscripts in WWII-era archives in Germany and Poland earned her a 2012 residency as an East European Scholar at the Wilson International Center in Washington D.C. She has lectured on Kafka in England, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and the Czech Republic, taught literature courses on Kafka at SDSU and UCSD, and is recognized as one of the leading Kafka experts in the United States.

Kathi’s new release, Heart of the Zoo, tells the extraordinary story of how Chuck Bieler “earned his stripes” at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.  With inside stories and humorous details, it captures his tireless efforts to help create an international conservation organization where all wildlife thrives.

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Kafka`s Last Love

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Heart of the Zoo

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