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Kate Zambreno

Kate Zambreno is the author, most recently, of Drifts (Riverhead, 2020) and To Write as if Already Dead (Columbia UP, 2021). Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, the Paris Review, the White Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, she teaches in the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and is the Strachan Donnelley chair in environmental writing at Sarah Lawrence College. The Light Room is forthcoming (Riverhead, 2023).


Franz Kafka, a drawing from Diaries, 1910–1923, 1948.

The Missing Person

Winter 2019 | Essays

In July 1908, a twenty-five-year-old Franz Kafka quit his post at the Assicurazioni Generali with a medical note claiming he was suffering from “nervousness” and something potentially complicated having to do with his heart.