how did franz’s voice sounded like?
His voice was a hesitating, muted baritone, wonderfully melodious, although it never left the middle range in strength and pitch. Voice, gesture, look, all radiated the peace of understanding and goodness…his German had a hard accent, like that of the German spoken by the Czechs. The Czech accent of the German which I am thinking of is harsh…Kafka’s speech never made this impression. It seemed angular because of the inner tension: every word a stone.
– Gustav Janouch, Conversations with Kafka
Here let me remark that Kafka, as if to compensate for the remarkable gift he had of musical speech, had no talent for pure music.
– Max Brod, Franz Kafka: a Biography
all of kafka’s friends wanted to fuck him silly.