Lindon, Elia. Kafka, Franz. Diary of a group of 4 (?) Frenchmen visting the First Airshow outside French in Brescia. Making private photographs of this show. Album entitled. : "Mon Voyage en Italie. 11 - 20 Septembre 1909. At this show also Franz Kafka was present. He wrote on this theme " Die Aeroplane in Brescia"
Brescia a.o., 1909.Oblong 8v0 album 15 pages of text in handwriting in French. Describing the journey to Brescia and other places in Italy. With 82 small photographs ( snapshots. Of which 10 depicting the Brescia Airshow. Photographed sometimes faded otherwise in very good if not fine condition.
"The Aeroplanes At Brescia" (German: "Die Aeroplane in Brescia") is a short story by Franz Kafka published, in slightly shortened form, in the newspaper Bohemia in September 1909. It describes an airshow in the Italian town Brescia, which Kafka saw with two of his friends (Max and his brother Otto Brod) during their journey to Italy. Among other participants, they saw Louis Blériot, the aviator famous for the first flight across the English Channel. The story is lively and witty, as Kafka was fascinated by the airshow. It is also the first description of aeroplanes in German literature. The first air race meeting outside France.
Curiously our guests are at the same time at the same place as Franz Kafka ans saw probably the same. A fascinating document this diary well illustrated. Important for the history of aviation and of course Franz Kafka. Most probably Elia Lindon wrote this manuscript :"
"Admirons vol de 50 km, de Rougier puis Curtiss, Calderara et enfin lui ( Blériot) et son geste éloquent qui lui conquiert toutes les sympathies,12 Sept. ... Madeleine , Blériot qui passe a 2 meters d'elle. " Lundi 20 sept... Rene et Marie partent a 7 hrs pour Brescia etc...
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