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Contemplation is a collection of 18 pieces of short prose by Franz Kafka, and was published late in the year of This was Kafka’s first. Contemplation, Kafka’s first published book (), was one of the few to appear in his lifetime. Composed of eighteen short prose poems, the book as a whole. Franz Kafka is one of the best writers for readers who love asking “What does it mean?”, one of the worst for those who want that question.

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The narrator ends his description with the unfortunate announcement of overcasting skies, foretelling rain. You connect to some stories and you are intrigued by some others. This story has a tone of innocence, playfulness, and retrospection as the reader is transported into the mind of an eight- or nine-year-old girl. But a pretty girl can transform thoughts.

Everything I leave behind me I bought this in Prague, and the stories and illustrations really “took me back” to the feeling I had while in that magical city. This man is followed by another man, and the narrator lets them run by. The narrator, however, says that such beings vacillate and do not believe in their own existence.

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A brief survey of the short story part 13: Franz Kafka

The story focuses in depth on the unfortunate events that take place after a victory. The taffeta dress she is wearing represents delight, though the story’s tone is told with a sense of longing and a sense of frustration evident in the narrator’s attempt at chasing women, with themes focusing on comtemplation, sexuality, and rejection. Stories and Other Writings. The Trial The Castle Amerika. This reflection leads him to weigh his past against his future and he concludes that there is nothing to criticize in his life except for his unjust amount of good fortune.

A brief survey of the short story part Franz Kafka | Books | The Guardian

The man on the tram cannot even defend the fact that he is on the tram, holding onto the strap, and watching people move about in the ftanz. Aug 06, Fabio rated it liked it.

Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith. The tone even becomes slightly melancholic as the narrator fails to find meaning in his life despite all his good fortune.


Feb 13, Martha rated it really liked it Shelves: The narrator, ostensibly a recent immigrant from the country, arrives at the doorway of a grand house, having been invited to a social engagement, accompanied by a man whose fellowship he has not solicited, and with whom the narrator is only slightly acquainted. Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law.

Kafka again uses the image of horses waiting outside of a house, as in his short story The Street Window. Before anything is done to pursue this, the book simply stops and the depressed narrator goes to bed. Although ‘stories’ would not be a fitting description for these fragments. Eight of these stories were published before under the title Betrachtungen “Contemplations” in the bimonthly Hyperion. He is pondering what it would be like to be a bachelor when one grows old and how lonely one would feel.

Often, when I see clothes with many pleats, ruffles and tassels that fit nicely over beautiful bodies, then I think that they will not remain like that for long, but will become so creased that they can’t be smoothed out, attract dust that will lie so thick in the decorations that it cannot be removed, and that no one would want to be so dispirited and ridiculous as to wear each day the same expensive dress from morning to evening.

In the latter story, however, once truly alone in the elevator, the narrator accompanies the ascension with imagination or clairvoyance traveling on invisible wings through a crowd of images.

Also known as “The Men Passing By”, the narrator contemplates the vision of a man running past him down the street during the night. View all 12 comments. He tries to find some aspect of his life to reflect upon, but finds nothing of importance. In the last story, we thus encounter a very possible reason why Kafka felt driven to Theosophy as an alternative explanation that would make his altered states not pathology but clairvoyance.

At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese- und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities.

This quietism suits the idea of not anchoring, but just letting oneself be swept by the swell. Lombardo has hypothesized that all truly creative writing derives from altered states Lombardo, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


This seems obvious to those who consider it, as I do, manically funny, desperately sad and endlessly rewarding; less so to those who find it baffling and inconclusive. But sometimes, when they return late at night from some party, it appears in the conetmplation worn-out, puffy, dusty, already seen by everyone and hardly fit to be worn any more.

Two early drafts appear in Kafka’s diaries of The Way Home Another window, but this character is a fortunate man, who is even aware of the fact. His phrasing, the way he looked at objects and their place in reality struck me over and over.

The narrator meets the boy with skepticism, indicating the narrator is not only alienated from the world, but now alienated from himself as well.

Clothes are what capture the eye but if personality cannot carry its own weight, flaws will show and the worthlessness of the clothes will reflect on the worthlessness of the woman. Views Read Edit View history.

Franz Kafka’s Betrachtung as an Expression of Altered States

Told from the perspective of a man who is discussing what happens when he meets a pretty girl, “The Rejection” is structured as an imagined dialogue between this man and a hypothetical ‘pretty girl’.

The work is notable for early use of experimental writing techniques, though often considered incomprehensible by literary scholars. Kafka’s writing attracted little attention until after his death.

Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka’s work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. The painful realism in his prose makes the angst palpable in every syllable. Anyone who loves reading, who loves beauty kafk not akfka this little book by, even if after reading it you are left not having read Kafka. Contemplation Betrachtungfirst edition,