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Richard Marshall reviewed Kafka: The Years Of Insight, the third and final part of Reiner Stach’s Kafka trilogy from Princeton University Press, 2013 and “the loneliness, horror, disgust and shame of writing” and “the awful presence of Kafka, even a Kafka mediated by biography” is almost “too unbearable, too destabilizing, too unnerving.” In other words, this really […]

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This is the Harrow, a torture/execution device conceived by Franza Kafka for In the Penal Colony, 1919. For condemned aren’t told their charges, naturally. They’re strapped into the machine for twelve hours as the needles inscribe their crime, burrowing deeper and deeper into their flesh in indiscernible script. By the time the sixth hours rolls […]

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