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Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka

By Franz Kafka

Franz Kafkas Literaturklassiker »Die Verwandlung« (Ungekürzte Fassung)
+ »Gregor Samsas Entfremdung« (Interpretation: used to be die »Verwandlung« bedeutet)
+ »Der heimliche Meister« (Kafka-Biographie, spannend erzählt)
+ Zeittafel (Wichtige Stationen in Kafkas Leben)

Kafka entdecken: Erst wird Kafkas Meisterwerk »Die Verwandlung« im unique vorgestellt, und danach erläutert der Begleittext »Gregor Samsas Entfremdung«, was once diese »unglaubliche Insektengeschichte« bedeutet. Die berührende Kurzbiographie »Der heimliche Meister« vermittelt einen Eindruck von Kafkas bewegtem Leben. Und die Zeittafel am Ende des Buchs gibt einen Überblick über wichtige Stationen aus dem Leben des Prager Schriftstellers.

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We order it by wire and get it only twenty hours after cutting. My husband sees to it that it is put on a special train” (611). The “wire” and railroad are thus made to work in tandem, with each being called upon to produce its special effects: the telegraph to execute an order over distance; the “special train” to freight goods in as little time as possible. This episode allows us to make two general points. First, one notices the emphatically temporal dimension of the space-effacing procedures the episode describes.

32 By the century’s end, then, it had become possible to learn exactly when a given train was due to run within the parameters of any given national railway network, especially in the more industrial areas of the United States and Western Europe. 35 The trick that Gumbrecht misses, however, like Thoreau, is that trains do not invariably run to schedule. On the contrary, the dread phenomenon of the late, delayed, or cancelled train ensures a further element of contingency that may consist in any given experience of railway travel.

Nonetheless, the eventual success of this campaign, the fact that its members are constantly forced to occupy the “nick of time,” and the various stratagems (such as Godalming’s series of messages from Lloyds) used by the conspirators, all go toward making Dracula a novel of what one might call the logistical sublime; a sublimity that is emphasized by the very technical glitches that occasionally disrupt the best laid plans of its protagonists. Dracula himself is a contributor to this effect: all his plans, as Jonathan Harker realizes, have been “carefully thought out, and done systematically and with precision” (291).

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