The Essential Kafka- Franz Kafka

Recently I finished reading Kafka.

It was a huge collection, comprising most of his brilliant works, like The Trial, The Castle, The Metamorphosis, Letter to my father, In the Penal Colony and some small fables.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading his works.

Words such as Kafkaesque have been in the dictionary for a long time, standing for something unimaginable, bizarre…

I felt like I could really picture the gloomy figure of Josef K, his travails, his jeremiads, the brutal indifference of Fraulein Bustner, The stratagems of Leni, the advocate and the corn merchant, the cunning of Freida, the sad lives of Olga and Amalia…. And the distant figure of Herr Klamm…Even after reading the book, The Kafkaesque atmosphere would haunt you for a long time…

Josef K represents in a way the loner, caught in the landslide, facing an indifferent world, which is giving him the cold shoulder. He is at a loss, about everything. People are so indifferent, to the extent that he cannot distinguish them from crazy apparitions.I term my time during this collection as something strange, filled with Kafkaesque dreams and sensations…

When Kafka writes about his relationship with his own father, I felt really disturbed. This man was so sensitive, even to the smallest details, and so discerning as well.Kafkaesque ironies haunt the reader back and forth, pulling him in to the abysses of melancholia.

In the penal colony is sort of a crazy story. It’s sort of a parable touching the absurdities regarding crime and punishment.

I felt sorry for Gregor samsa and was on the verge of tears when I realized the betrayal of Grete. For Kafka, metamorphosis was something that throws light up on the inexplicable brutal realities of life…

One of the best works of Kafka, Metamorphosis still haunts me…

Kafka was a genius. I love this man.

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8 Replies to “The Essential Kafka- Franz Kafka”

    1. Exactly!!!
      I enjoyed his style of writing. His way of looking at the world , that profound outlook has always attracted me…
      Thank you so much for the comment 🙂

  1. Way back, before time began, I sent a novel off to a major publisher. It was returned, rejected, but with the enigmatic comment ‘Reminiscent of Kafka; a book to be admired rather than enjoyed’. Thanks for this piece, it reminded me I never revisited that early novel. Perhaps I should!

    1. I should add that, at the time (the late 1960s), my only knowledge of Kafka was through an art film I projected as a technician working in a local art college. The students had their own cinema club and I was their projectionist. The film was a black and white interpretation of The Trial, with sets from nightmare and a harsh sparseness that encapsulated the world imagined. Only after I received that comment, however, did I read any Kafka.
      A writer with real talent.

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