What do u think living with Franz was like ??
The only descriptions of living with him came from Max Brod and Dora Diamant. Keep in mind though, that Max was living with Franz in hotels while on vacation, and Dora was living with him when he was too sick to leave the house so this isn’t really how he lived 90% of the time.
I’m going to paraphrase them here bc posting the quotes would be a crime against mobile users lol
Traveling with Kafka was extremely annoying. He frequently delayed trips or screwed up the itinerary because he was picky about his grooming/unpacking and had to do everything in a very precise order at a specific rate no matter how late he was. He was also picky about keeping his room clean (he once got mad at Max for sitting on the bed while wearing street clothes) and HAD to sleep with the window open no matter how cold or noisy it was outside. Max never really got used to his living quirks but he also never actually got mad at Kafka for it.
Living with Kafka, as his girlfriend, was extremely labor-intensive but he was the cutest guy to come home to. Dora and Kafka were poor in Berlin so they spent most of their free time together at home, and did things like charades or hand shadows or reading. Kafka was (again) very picky about his living situation and they had to move around because he kept using electricity in the middle of the night for writing.
Dora went through a lot of trouble to buy Kafka the fruit he liked (imagine trying to buy a fucking pineapple in winter in Berlin in the middle of inflation hell) and followed his requests when it came to writing, whether it was “please burn this” or “please be close by while I write”. Dora always had to pick up the phone and Kafka often worried what would happen if someone called him while she was at work. They occasionally took guests but Kafka’s isolation through distance/illness really strained his friendships, even with Max.
Dora really shouldn’t have gone through all of that at such a young age, but you have to admire her dedication and the depth of the love she and Kafka had. The Mystery of Dora Diamant has more detailed information and it’s a great biography that fills in the gaps on that chapter of Kafka’s life but it’s horrifying and you will cry.