Now remembered primarily as Franz Kafta's friend and literary executor, Max Brod was an accomplishered thinker and writer in his own right. In this volume, he considers the nature and differences between Judaism and Christianity, addressing some of the most perplexing questions at the heart of human existence.
"One of the most famous and widely discussed books of the 1920's, Max Brod's Paganism--Christianity--Judaism, has at last found its way into English translation to confront a new generation of readers. Max Brod is best remembered today as the literary editor and friend of Franz Kafka. In his day, however, he was the more famous of the two by far. A major novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and composer, he was also, as this book demonstrates, a serious thinker on the perennial questions that are at the heart of human existence. . . .Some of his judgments are open to question. Still, with all its limitations, this is a forthright and passionate proclamation of the uniqueness of Judaism. Paganism--Christianity--Judaism was an intellectual and spiritual event when it was first published and it remains a valuable document even now." --Rabbi Jack Riemer, Hadassah
Max Brod (1884-1968) was a Czech novelist, essayist, and editor. His novels included The Redemption of Tycho Brahe, Three Loves, and The Magic Realm of Love; he was also well-known as a friend and collegue of Franz Kafka, and he served as the editor of Kafka's letters and diaries after Kafka's death.