Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Five Minute Metamorphosis

I totally copied this from Greg Nagan's _The 5-Minute Iliad and other Instant Classics_.

Franz Kafka's novels and novellas are so Kafkaesque that one has to wonder at the enormity of coincidence required to have produced a writer named Kafka to write them. A bourgeois Czech insurance underling, Kafka was gifted with boundless imagination and an acute case of paranoia, both of which found an outlet in his writings. Despite the tremendous success and popularity of his work, many of the novels of which he was proudest never saw publication (Someone's Trying to Kill Me, They're Watching Me, Watching Me!, and For God's Sake, Don't Look, Just Pretend They're Not There). Kafka never married, but he did have a series of Czech mates. At the peak of his writing, Kafka because "sick" and "died."


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