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052216 | The Metamorphosis: Who To Blame?

Who should we blame for Gregor Samsa’s tragedy?

If I were to be honest, I blame Gregor Samsa’s parents for his tragedy. I believe that a person’s foundation in his earlier years comes greatly from the household – how he was raised, the environment as to where he lived, what kind of people raised him – all these account to that person’s worldviews, personality, and beliefs in the future. 681 more words

If you're looking for head in Prague...

This giant, moving Franz Kafka head stares at City Hall in Prague.

Another Kafkaesqe Moment

Yesterday my wife and I experienced another kafkaesque moment. As I explain in a previous post the term kafkaesque is a literary description of a work that has a similar feel to that of a work by the writer Franz Kafka. 519 more words


Has 'Kafkaesque' Lost its Meaning?

Alison Flood (The Guardian) traces the term’s history and its current uses in contemporary culture

The dictionary defines the adjective, incidentally, as “of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially: having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality”. 115 more words

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The Unfinished Kafka

Reiner Stach, in the middle entry of his three volume biography of Franz Kafka, writes, “Anyone who studies bibliographies today will envy Kafka’s earliest readers, who knew very little about his life and could enjoy his work as literature and not as an accumulation of autobiographical codes.” ( 1,189 more words


Too Many Notes

Let’s talk infelicitous combinations of artistic form. I’m thinking in particular of Philip Glass’ musical adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony,” which I saw last night. 430 more words

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