The Burrow” (German: “Der Bau”) is an unfinished short story by Franz Kafka in which a mole-like being burrows through an elaborate system of tunnels it has. EVERY READER of “The Burrow” who is even moderately familiar with Kafka’s life and work cannot fail to be struck by the realization that there is an intimate. Franz Kafka wrote continuously and furiously throughout his short and . “The Burrow” and “The Great Wall of China” belong at the summit of Kafka’s oeuvre;.

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View all 3 comments. Maybe then that is what the beast is, the jealous and envious person that goes out of its way to destroy one’s happiness. Want to Read saving…. Unfortunately, reading this book was painful for me. Kafka at its best. And that, pretty much, is his life.

Kafka’s first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech. People who like the strange, the bizarre, and the twisted, and people who like moles. The world is a loud, dangerous place, and the desire for a quiet home, safe from danger, able to grant peace of mind is precious beyond all imagining.

Nevertheless, a must read. Hence the need to create imaginary enemies in lieu of real ones. Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert. Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod: I read that this book is mainly about his work. Well, it is not that the next one is stranger than the last, but rather that are all on the same level of strangeness.


The Burrow (short story)

For instance, the main room is referred to as the ‘Great Castle’, while in reality it is just a muddy hole in the ground. I read it translated by Willa and Edwin Muir. This is both a simple fact void of noise the mind hallucinates but also slightly tragic given what we burrkw about the author.

I don’t think Kafka is my cup of tea at all judging by the short stories I’ve read so far. The psychological pressure the creature feels and the readers is amplified by the claustrophobic setting. Hey, I work for an insurance company basically doing what Kafka did and, well, to be honest with you, it is driving me nu A muddy feanz in the ground becomes a great castle 30 June The more of Fanz stories that I read the stranger they seem to become.

But it made me feel annoyance in such a deep way–which I respect. The language the creature uses to describe its glorious engineering project that is its burrow is very precise — almost to the point of tediousness. Diferentes tipos de frsnz, ora a personagem se sente julgada pelos outros, ora os outros realmente julgam a personagem.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? I thank you for this one, Kafka. The whistle or the blow that Kafka mentions is the constant fear, in my opinion, that something is wrong in ourselves and we constantly fight against it.

Sep 26, Roni Abona rated it th was amazing. Trivia About The Burrow. Opet taj posrani pozitivizam. This was a great act of literary disobedience, and we are grateful for it. Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir.

The Burrow by Franz Kafka

It seems the ideal of happiness is more vital than happiness itself; this is a symptom of too closely investing in your dreams. It also, just like a human being, struggles with keeping up with his practice of becoming human. Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. No matter where you turn, inward or outward, friend or foe, accomplishment or failure: Kafka has a style of his own During his lifetime, he published only a few short fganz and never finished any of his novels, unless “The Metamorphosis” is considered a short kaka.


It never sets out to describe itself and what type of animal it is or used to be?

The entire piece has little to no action and is all internal monologue. In this way, perfectly Kafkaesque, salvation is denied to us. Jan 19, Heavenlyillumination rated it it was amazing. As it is often true, our efforts are never enough to be well protected.

Okay, somebody has suggested that a statement where the narrator talks about a part of its forehead being used to burrow suggests that it is a mole, but there is another part of the story where the narrator suggests that it can see, and as far as I know moles are blind though since I am not a zoologists, just some chump working for an insurance company, I cannot say for sure.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s peculiar, strange and cute. His stories include The Metamorpho Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. The impending doom is indistinguishable from the impending mortality all organisms enjoy.

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