Every writer has been conditioned by the historical period that he has lived. This, in addition to influencing his original works, he has also done it in his private life. On many occasions, these personal experiences were narrated and published after his death. Therefore, because through personal testimony we can transport ourselves to a specific time and put ourselves more than ever in the skin and mind of the narrator, we have compiled a list of six essential literary journals.
1. The Diary of Anne Frank
Maybe it's the most famous newspaper on the list. The Van Daan family hid with another Jewish family during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Anne Frank, the youngest of the family, recounts the imprisonment that lasted for two years until his arrest by the Gestapo.
2. Captivated by joy (C.S.Lewis)
The writer of The Chronicles of Narnia Among many other works throughout his career, he recounts his process of conversion to Christianity in this book. He did it because of the number of followers requests that came to him to explain your case. For this he returns to his childhood and makes a deep analysis of his personal life.
3. Diaries (Franz Kafka)
These writings contain the life of the author of Metamorphosis during the years 1910 to 1923. The mysterious personality and writer's mentality are discovered in these journals.
4. The consciousness attached to the flesh (Susan Sontag)
This is the second part of his diaries during the years 1964-1980. In them he tells his trips to Sweden and Hanoi, the latter in the hand of the Vietnam War. The thinker explains her political and moral awakening in a book in which they discover their internal mechanisms, emotions and reflections.
5. Pain (Marguerite Duras)
This book tells the last days of the Nazi occupation in France and the first days of his liberation. Marguerite tells how the roles of executioners and victims were exchanged side by side, in addition to their own personal drama. She awaits the return of a husband she no longer loves and her complicated relationship with an agent of the Gestapo that she will hand over to the Resistance.
6. Intimate diary (Miguel de Unamuno)
This diary is formed by five notebooks in which the writer narrates his feelings and doubts, hopes and fears that he suffered with his spiritual crisis during the last years of the nineteenth century. With this change of perspective you can get to better understand his latest work and the change of course that his life suffered.