"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading for?... we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us."
Franz Kafka (1883-1924). Citado por Nicholas Murray. Kafka. London: Abacus, 2014, p. 51
Imagem: Franz Kafka, de Andy Warhol (1980)