The Burrow” (German: “Der Bau”) is an unfinished short story by Franz Kafka in which a mole-like being burrows through an elaborate system of tunnels it has. EVERY READER of “The Burrow” who is even moderately familiar with Kafka’s life and work cannot fail to be struck by the realization that there is an intimate. Franz Kafka wrote continuously and furiously throughout his short and . “The Burrow” and “The Great Wall of China” belong at the summit of Kafka’s oeuvre;.

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The creature itself is also utterly unfamiliar in its defiance of frqnz kind of human-animal separation, its voluntary seclusion from society, and its corporeal ambiguity.

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We gather from his thoughts a few tidbits about his life: It is clear that the story makes use of both the mimetic and the fantastic modalities in certain ways; but in its estrangement of the familiar, and representation of it as something foreign, only to bring it back into the Symbolic Order as a novelty, renders Kafka’s story, “the Burrow,” ultimately a very successful estranging work of fantasy. It also practices the restriction or ostracism of animal functions and prohibition or expulsion of the entire existence of the flesh.

Ian McEwan used a quote from this story as an epigraph to his outstanding novel ‘The Innocent’. Well, again, the thoughts of a mole-like creature, on the creation and upkeep of his “Castle Keep,” his labyrinthian home. The world is a loud, dangerous place, and the desire for a quiet home, safe from danger, able to grant peace of mind is precious beyond all imagining.


Kafka, sempre, em alta e uma mente brilhante, com uma te louca e apaixonante. Order by newest oldest recommendations. It was simply a goal hole that is so bright, small and unreachable in the mid of dark context. He knows that one day something will come knocking at his door to shatter his world to pieces.

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Mar 05, Saliha rated it really liked it. And again the Kafka traits are there in place. Pa je bar to ok. No matter where you turn, inward or outward, friend or foe, accomplishment or failure: Perhaps then the burrow is not an attempt at escaping from reality, but from the nightmare of our consciousness—to guard against not just others but ourselves.

We build our own house and we build it in that way to protect it from any danger around us. This is a superb translation. View all 17 comments. The basics – he has gone underground to get out of the weather, to get warm, and to store food; to protect himself it seems to be a ‘he’he preys on small creatures that stumble into his tunnels, so he need not go out much, and he is very anxious of being himself preyed-upon by bigger animals.

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Still, an imaginary talking animal is hardly a groundbreaking thought, and probably was not at Kafka’s time either. Stories and Reflections New York: For instance, the main room is referred to as the ‘Great Castle’, while in reality it is just a muddy hole in the ground.


Surely an anxiety is fundamentally what is beneath all existences, something which is ‘managed’ according to resources, time, and culture? The protagonist has lived in isolation with his thoughts all his life, and no one knows or cares about his existence.

One of Kafka’s greatest short stories. At any moment it may be shattered and then all will be over. Sep 24, Siewjye Chow rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t think Kafka is my cup of tea at all judging by the short stories I’ve read so far. To see what your friends tue of this book, please sign up. Sep 26, Roni Abona rated it it was amazing. The mole earns his home through hard mafka and intelligence, and has a right to peace, frazn the knowledge of impending reality prevents him from enjoying it.

There is an instant, where, it is doting over its treasure that is frznz made up of food and it loses itself in a binge eating episode. Kafka refere-se muito a julgamentos.

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