Frank Kortan, The Castle (also title of Kafka’s novel)



About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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6 Responses to Frank Kortan, The Castle (also title of Kafka’s novel)

  1. marblenecltr says:

    I don’t know much about Kafka, and I would be surprised if anyone else does, but I like the art and the details that present a reality that is made up of unconnected unpleasant foundationless parts.

  2. marblenecltr says:

    Will reread “Das Urteil”, “The Trial”, and read for the first time “The Castle”. Had a lot going on in my life with the first readings, not well read. I heard that “The Trial” was put together with no understanding of the story as the pages were loose and possibly not correctly assembled. Maybe that wasn’t true.

    • kinneret says:

      The Castle is a long novel that has little action because it is about how entrenched bureaucracy and entrenched power creates stagnation and entrapment. If you do not like Kafka’s style or want plot, I would not advise reading the book. As for Max Brod putting The Trial together well enough, he did the best he could. Kafka had asked him to burn the manuscript. Our luck was that Brod did not follow his directive. Whether the story was perfectly redacted or edited, it remains a powerful comment on bureaucracy (perhaps that which had been set in motion before by the Hapsburg Empire) and the evil chaotic forces that were unleashed after its collapse, barbarism. Kafka died of tuberculosis but his favorite younger sister was murdered in a concentration camp. Not sure about the others but probably similar.

  3. kinneret says:

    Update: Kafka’s father and mother died before 1934 of natural causes. His three sisters (Jewish) and one of his mistresses (Polish, gentile) were all killed in concentration camps.

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