Shades of green

Kafka’s World

Posted in Cernelări, inglish cuz am shy, Uncategorized by Elena on Wednesday, April 5, 2006

I discovered Franz Kafka some time ago.. Read “Diaries Of Franz Kafka” by accident. I had to go at the country side with my parents for a whole week-end. And so, out of boredom checked my aunt’s bookshelves; I grabed the first book I placed my eyes on. And so I got mezmerized by this unique bohemian jewish writer. It’s honest and humble way of writing, tho strong and filled with energy made me want some more of him. And so I read “The Metamorphosis”, (again) in school breaks. This novel is about a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, that wakes up one day transformed into a giant monstrous vermin (something like a cockroach) and is now forced to live in his room by his family, wich is disgusted by his new appearence.


As with all of Kafka’s works, The Metamorphosis is open to a wide range of interpretations; in fact, Stanley Corngold’s book, The Commentator’s Despair, lists over 130 interpretations. Most obvious are themes relating to society’s treatment of those who are different. Other themes include the loneliness of being cut off and the desperate and unrealistic hopes that such isolation brings.

Some also feel the book deals with the absurdity of human existence, leading some literary critics to associate it with existentialism. It is also possible to apply Freudian and other forms of literary criticism to the book.

Anyhows, It shows that you can write in so many ways. I was used with a typical kind of book.. Kafka has opened my mind.. horizon.
Also read “A hunger artist”, “The country doctor”, “In the penal colony”, “The verdict”.


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  1. Levy said, on Friday, April 7, 2006 at 15:07

    Oh boy! Kafka is tough to read. Not many people likes his writings. Maybe because he puts too often ‘paranoia’ in his novels. But this is our world: a very addicted life to many stupid habits taken from the ancestors. In Romania you can see the bureaucratic system when you need to pay your taxes or to buy/sell a car or get a driver license. This is not hell? Well, Kafka was an eye opener to me – but readed at an early age of 16 I guess.

    P.S. You know, Max Brod defied Kafka’s instructions to burn his unfinished work. But what a waste that could cause to modern literature doing it!

  2. green said, on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 14:15

    Yeap, knew that :D. But it seems that Kafka’s gf at that moment burnt some of his writings 😐

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