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Kafka and his two kinds of stories

Posted by Plyushkin on Friday, July 08 2022 at 03:13:05AM

NFiH, this is what we once discussed here... I said then that Kafka knew what he was writing; that in fact he wrote allegories. I was half right, half wrong. Same with you -- half right, half wrong.

"Kafka wrote two kinds of stories. One type consists of dreamlike exercises in free association, such as "Ein Landarzt" and "Das Urteil", and the other of rationally controlled stories such as "Vor dem Gesetz." Since the illusion of a transcribed dream cannot very well be sustained in a long composition, Kafka's novels, including Das Schloss, belong to the second of rationally controlled category..."


"Kafka himself, when interpreting his own stories, does make a clear distinction..."


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