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After rummaging through several shelves of a bookstore trying to find In the Penal Colony, I finally came across this book It contains five short stories The Judgment A Story The Stoker A Fragment You will find out it s the first part of Amerika The Bucket Rider In the Penal Colony Great Noise The First Chapter of Richard and Samuelby Max Brod and Franz Kafka and The Air Show at Brescia.I very much enjoyed reading them all but the ones I liked the most besides In the Penal Colony After rummaging through several shelves of a bookstore trying to find In the Penal Colony, I finally came across this book It contains five short stories The Judgment A Story The Stoker A Fragment You will find out it s the first part of Amerika The Bucket Rider In the Penal Colony Great Noise The First Chapter of Richard and Samuelby Max Brod and Franz Kafka and The Air Show at Brescia.I very much enjoyed reading them all but the ones I liked the most besides In the Penal Colony were The Judgment and Richard and Samuel which, as stated before, was written by Max Brod Kafka s friend and responsible for showing the world Kafka s works THANK YOU, MY LIFE WOULDN T BE THE SAME WITHOUT FRANZ KAFKA Sadly, this is the first and only chapter for Richard and Samuel.These next few lines may contain spoilers, depending on your standards.But let s talk about the story that I was really eager to read.When I visited the Franz Kafka Museum the animation if we can call it so they had for this short story consisted of a very small window You would have to get very close to look inside and what you would see was someone s back getting slashed and the fresh wounds would form a word or sentence For some reason I couldn t decipher it I think the message was in Czech or German So I decided to read the story I had as usual high expectations for this one and I wasn t disappointed I absolutely adore how Kafka writes about law The Trial is one of my favorite books ever It s absolutely brilliant, scary and, of course, Kafkaesque there s not in this entire world a suitable synonym for that word.You will find out, while reading it, that the way the law operates inside the penal colony is definitely unfair, ridiculous, inhumane and unique or at least I hope so So much so that the people who are condemned don t know how it operates To aid the legal process, the penal colony has a machine who takes care of the sentence and the punishment The officer, who takes great pride in the machine conceived by the old commandant, will give a exhaustive explanation on how it works The reader eventually finds out that this officer is the only one that actually agrees, supports, and adores the infamous procedure Fortunately, it seems that that legal system is ready to be completely revoked But before that, Kafka shows us how the law is the law and it applies to the ones to make it as well I have to admitted that I wan t not expecting that ending, but it definitely brought a smile to my face Das Urteil eine scheinbar groteske, surreale Erz hlung, die wie ein R tsel f r jeden Leser subjektiv erfahren werden muss Letztlich ist es wie immer bei Kafka Verwundert und ratlos zur ck gelassen beim ersten Versuch, und doch letztlich sprachlos ber die vielf ltigen Deutungsm glichkeiten, die das Wort bietet Einzigartig, unschlagbar. #READ EPUB é Das Urteil und andere Prosa ì Der Band enth lt Kafkas wichtigste k rzere Prosatexte aus der Zeit bisGespr ch mit dem Beter, Gespr ch mit dem Betrunkenen, Gro er L rm, die Sammlung Betrachtung sowie die gro en Erz hlungen Das Urteil und In der Strafkolonie Take a peek into the mind of a genius maverick My first reading of Kafka Through, the stories the author appears to be laughing at the human and its great civilizations. Das Urteil , Die Verwandlung und Vor dem Gesetz sind sehr zu empfehlen. Me gustan los cuentos que inician un domingo Kafka me sorprendi en el Informe para la Academia y La Condena, habiendo le do poco de l, solo lo m s conocido La condena y otros relatos es un libro complejo pero f cil de leer, lleno de detalles entre l neas. Not a fan Liked only one story. 3.5 vroeger was mijn grootste angst dat wanneer iemand het woord kafkaesk misbruikte, en ik die persoon daar op wees, de taalmisbruiker defensief zou antwoorden heb jij zelfs ooit maar een boek van FK gelezen, droplul vandaag kan ik ja zeggen, ja, ik las een bundel met behoorlijk kafkaeske verhalen, b dus als iemand nog eens zegt van het is extreem kafkaesk dat ik 2 formulieren moet invullen en dat de broodjes tonijn uitverkocht zijn , verwacht neerbuigend commentaar van deze jongen.mijn vroeger was mijn grootste angst dat wanneer iemand het woord kafkaesk misbruikte, en ik die persoon daar op wees, de taalmisbruiker defensief zou antwoorden heb jij zelfs ooit maar een boek van FK gelezen, droplul vandaag kan ik ja zeggen, ja, ik las een bundel met behoorlijk kafkaeske verhalen, b dus als iemand nog eens zegt van het is extreem kafkaesk dat ik 2 formulieren moet invullen en dat de broodjes tonijn uitverkocht zijn , verwacht neerbuigend commentaar van deze jongen.mijn favoriete verhaal was over de hongerkunstenaar, dat erg met mij, een gepensioneerde eetkunstenaar, resoneered The book I have is an old but well preserved Romanian translation printed in 1969 with a beautiful sepia color bordering each page so that the words seem encompassed in a sort of frame, a painting without the picture.There are nine stories, and the first, The Verdict Das Urteil , pulled me in right away with its beginning a young man writing a letter to his friend who had gone to Russia years ago where he was supposedly working hard for some business or other We also find out the young man The book I have is an old but well preserved Romanian translation printed in 1969 with a beautiful sepia color bordering each page so that the words seem encompassed in a sort of frame, a painting without the picture.There are nine stories, and the first, The Verdict Das Urteil , pulled me in right away with its beginning a young man writing a letter to his friend who had gone to Russia years ago where he was supposedly working hard for some business or other We also find out the young man, Georg Bendemann, lives with his elderly father and is engaged to a girl from a rich family It s not until the dialogue between father and son that something begins to feel amiss it s like suddenly getting a whiff of an unknown scent coming from a place we can t pinpoint It s unsettling, slightly disturbing, and forced my mind, which until that point had a fairly linear thought process, to take a leap I felt like I had to take sides is it the father who has lost his mind or is it the son Even the last sentence of the story addsto the uncertainty and I loved that about it The Metamorphosis Die Verwandlung is my favorite story from the book I could very well argue that this is a horror story because how can it not be Can you imagine waking up as a human size bug one morning Gregor Samsa s nightmare begins when he realizes his shocking change just as he wakes up to go to work The cause of the metamorphosis is never explained but through plenty of detail the reader is introduced to Gregor s life following this amazing misfortune Or is it not a misfortune after all If you have read the story you might think I m slightly off orthan slightly but it is clear the whole family went through a metamorphosis Perhaps Gregor, as the dutiful son and breadwinner got the short end of the stick it is however just as captivating to see his family s reaction and the changes they go through as they adjust to their new life.Interestingly enough, both The Verdict and The Metamorphosis begin in the morning I found this clearly defined frame of time to add a realistic tone to the story ahead Bug may not be the best term to describe Gregor s transformation The edition I have refers to it as an insect like creature We have a specific word for that in Romanian which perfectly fits Kafka s description.On a personal note I ve had a couple of unfortunate encounters with bugs, the most recent one when I found one in my jacket pocket while taking a stroll through a park, not long after I finished reading this story Maybe it was a reminder.In A Country Doctor Ein Landarzt the author present us with a moral dilemma told from the point of view of an elderly country doctor who is called away suddenly to the bedside of a patient An unexpected help presents itself a man with two horses, ready to replace the doctor s own horse that had died the night before The doctors housemaid, a young woman named Rosa, helps the man with the horses but it s clear the man can hardly wait for the doctor to leave so he can abuse the girl The doctor doesn t want to leave Rosa behind but somehow the horses take the carriage away before he can get down and he can hear her screams as the man breaks down the door From this moment on the story takes a fantastical turn the horses become agents of evil, and the patient, a young boy, is dying of a terrible wound.Has this been just a wasted call Did the bell, which rang in the night and whose voice the doctor always obeyed, lead him not to save a life but to lose two Is this an allegory for something that happens in life I found myself totally captured by the story and utterly immersed in the doctor s predicament.Some of the stories are quite short but not less powerful Up in the Gallery Auf der Galerie , which is something that brought to mind an if but story a term I just came up with , is a two page story that describes a scene at the circus The urgency of the image presented is not less potent than a story sprawled across a dozen pages It is the precision of every word and their capability to surge forward that create an emotion which cannot be explained easily Not by me, at least Before the Law Vor dem Gesetz is the story of a peasant trying to gain access to the law The way is barred by a guardian who, every time the peasant tries to go in, comes up with clever excuses to delay him from warnings to accepting bribes to other ways in which he shows his power This goes on for years when, at last, the peasant asks the one question which prompts a revealing answer from the guardian The end is abrupt, and while we don t find out why the peasant wanted to see justice done, it is, somehow, satisfying Eleven Sons Elf S hne is a father s description of his sons It s a case of a man who is never satisfied one son is clever but not good looking, another is very handsome but lacks courage, yet another is nearly perfect but for the fact that he travels through the world, self sufficient and content, ignoring his father s wish of starting a family, and the list goes on Reading this story felt like watching a man who, no matter how many gifts is given in life still finds fault with all of them.In A Report to an Academy Ein Bericht f r eine Akademie , a man is called to recount his experience as a monkey in front of distinguished members of an unnamed academy He launches into lengthy descriptions of what he calls his past life as a monkey , starting with allowing himself to be captured by people, then talking about how he finally learned to do whatever was necessary to please his captors I find this storythan slightly ironic, as if Kafka was poking fun at the origins of the human species by claiming the man s life as a monkey ended but five years prior to this confession Also, the amount of detail makes it hard not to believe the man the story seems entirely plausible.At first glance, In The Penal Colony In der Strafkolonie is a story of an execution A famous explorer is invited to witness the execution of a man whose offense is punished by death But beneath this obvious story there s another layer, deeper and eventroubling than seeing a man being crushed to death by a man made machine It s the story of a belief, an absurd belief, and a man willing to go to great length to show his devotion to it Aside from The Metamorphosis, this was the most disturbing story in this collection because there was no way I could have guessed the horrible turn it took And I could also argue that this one as well is a great horror story A Hunger Artist Ein Hungerk nstler is the story of a man who fasts for days while being exhibited like some kind of freak in a cage, while people come to watch him The fasting goes on for forty days, a period of time set by his manager as being the maximum time people will take an interest in this curious form of art Of course this brings to mind the famous 15 minutes of fame so prevalent these days This could also be interpreted as a man choosing to display himself in front of others, risking their admiration, distrust and revulsion It could also be a way of trying to get their attention by choosing to stand out from their midst, a person who s doing something others don t I find the title very apt aren t many artists after all courageous people who are willing to brave people s displeasure by displaying their art I loved my first encounter with Kafka He scared, delighted, and surprised me He s fascinating, bold, and his attention to detail is worthy of the highest praise I didn t know what to expect from his writing and I confess to reading next to nothing about his books because I like to start on a new author with a blank slate and form my opinion of them with as little influence as possible I will, however, readof his work in the future, although I confess I m a little uneasy but also delighted and fascinated by the prospect