Contemplation is a collection of 18 pieces of short prose by Franz Kafka, and was published late in the year of This was Kafka’s first. Contemplation, Kafka’s first published book (), was one of the few to appear in his lifetime. Composed of eighteen short prose poems, the book as a whole. Franz Kafka is one of the best writers for readers who love asking “What does it mean?”, one of the worst for those who want that question.

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Composed of eighteen short prose poems, the book as coontemplation whole displays the full range of Kafka’s compact metaphorical style.

Whether it’s for the first time or the th, the experience will be unique. Dec 11, Nuno rated it it was amazing. The fact that the narrator’s name and gender is never specified allows the story to maintain a level of non-specificity. Although the narrator can find no imperfections in his life, the tone is not boastful. Observations, pure writing, stream of consciousness would better describe them.

I remember reading it by the canal down where I live on a beautiful Spring day. How does Kafka arrive at this junction of clarity and enveloping frabz

Compared to living in Bucharest; Prague felt contmplation and fine, like it’s local author, specifically his book called Meditations. This seems obvious to those who consider it, as I do, manically funny, desperately sad and endlessly rewarding; less so to those who find it baffling and inconclusive. In this new translation, Kevin Blahut has been faithful to the original German while rendering it in a fresh, contemporary English. The man on the tram cannot even defend the fact that he is on the tram, holding onto the strap, and watching people move about in the streets.


The narrator vontemplation the child was indeed a ghost. Incomprensible, inconmensurable y, en parte por contemppation mismo, fascinante. He learns the child already knows him. The taffeta dress she is wearing represents kafa, though the story’s tone is told with a sense of longing and a sense of frustration evident in the narrator’s attempt at chasing women, with themes focusing on love, sexuality, and rejection.

Other books in this series. This quietism suits the idea of not anchoring, but just letting oneself be swept by the swell.

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A girl is walking down the sidewalk, enjoying the sun on her face; an adult walks by and blocks the sun for a moment; the sun returns when the adult passes; the end. How it took me this kafks to find the 2 hours or so needed to read it is beyond me. These pieces are generally lighter than many of his works, though the recurring themes of loneliness, unease, judgement and watching are all present.

Open Preview See a Problem? It questions women who wear beautiful things that will eventually lose value, asking, why should one indulge in something that will result in worthlessness? The poignancy, of lives unravelling and touching one another, remains. Feb 13, Martha rated it really liked it Shelves: Granz to Read Currently Reading Read. His observations are laid bare, not asking to be understood. Expressed so economically as to be puzzling, kafkka the stranger and more ordinary passages draw readers into the issue of surrendering or defending the ego—an issue the readers are themselves experiencing in wondering how much they should give themselves over to this text so skillfully like and challengingly unlike their own lives.


Kafka’s writing attracted little attention until after his death. Perhaps the only similarity is in everything being mere frans, a maya -like notion of the sort often generated by the states of sunyata. View all 12 comments.

But I need to reread it.

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Pathologically eager for separation from the world, the narrator has an odd argument with the ghost, where the former keeps offering to shut the door, and the ghost insists it is already shut and locked as the narrative confirms. All of these put together make “Contemplation”. Early in the story, the sky was blue, then the speaker observes a little girl, strolling along with the light on her face, when she suddenly falls into the shadow of a man, briskly approaching her.

Schocken Booksp. The process is thus circular and potentially unending.

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Betrachtung at German Wikisource. He is pondering what it would be like to be a bachelor when one grows old and how lonely one would feel. Well, the answer is clear from my rating already.

I found my mind wandering off the page often when one of his many beautiful evocations led my mind into its own world of thoughts.