On Not Understanding Kafka

  title={On Not Understanding Kafka},
  author={P. Heller},
  journal={The German Quarterly},
  • P. Heller
  • Published 1974
  • History
  • The German Quarterly
The title of this essay provokes the objection that its author must either be guilty of a mere pretence to ignorance, or should not write about what he does not understand. Yet while there is much in Kafka that I do not understand, I believe that I do understand some things in Kafka by understanding my not understanding Kafka. At least the situation is somewhat kafkaesque. On the eve of a visit to his beloved fiancee which led to the first-inconclusive-breakup of the engagement, Kafka wrote: "I… Expand
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