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The Metamorphosis 5
The Trial 2

A Bad Place To Start

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)

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FGus January 12th, 2007 04:26 PM PST

Kafka's books are about absurdity, total, ultimate absurdity of life. Reading Kafka is a strange experience. You will come out of it one day feeling like you have spent all this time somewhere in a quiet place buried under the snow, and that you are magically brough back to normal life. After that, you see things in a way that make look even the most normal one as something extraordinary and impossible to understand.

"The trial", and "the castle", are typical of this feeling. "The metamorphosis" is more intimately related to Kafka's life, and to his painful relationship with his father. "Amerika" is something else: Kafka's last book, unfinished, and the only one that looks like it may not be about suffering and absurdity.

All of them are fascinating, a travel to a strange world that is nothing but our society.

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