Best introduction to Kafka?

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Best introduction to Kafka?

Postby sedna » Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:34 pm

What's a good first work to read to get into Kafka's philosophy. Works that usually are attributed the term "Kafkian". Is The Trial usually it? I don't have a lot of time to read but I'm dedicating some time to Kafka as I was recommended him as one of the 'greats' so I'd like to mainly stick to his "essentials". What would those be?

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Re: Best introduction to Kafka?

Postby Monster » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:39 pm

I read all of his short stories. His most famous work is The Metamorphosis, and that's the first one I read. Start there if you want. I think there really is no "best" introduction to Kafka. There was a story about an executioner and his execution device which would write the name of the crime on the condemned's body. I forgot the name of the story. It's entertaining.
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Re: Best introduction to Kafka?

Postby Austin Harper » Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:39 pm

I've only read The Metamorphosis but I didn't like it very much so that's all I ever read.
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