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Next week we’re reading some of Kafka’s (very) short stories:

  • Poseidon (478)
  • The Bridge (449)
  • The Problem of Our Laws (482)
  • Fellowship (480)
  • The Helmsman (490)
  • On Parables (506)

From the postscript of the linked collection:

Albert Camus once said that “the whole of Kafka’s art consists in compelling
the reader to re-read him.” Since the interpretations of Kafka are many and the search
for the meaning of his stories seemingly endless, the reader will return to the story
itself in the hope of finding guidance from within. Thus a second reading will —
hopefully — become a commentary on the first, and subsequent readings will — again
hopefully — shed light on the preceding ones.

This reading could be very quick, or very long, depending on how many times you choose to re-read.

https://www.vanderbilt.edu/olli/class-materials/Franz_Kafka.pdf

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