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Where is Kafka's "The Trial" set?

This answer is primarily based on Ignace Feuerlicht, "Omissions and Contradictions in Kafka's Trial", The German Quarterly 1967, 40(3), pp. 339-350 - available here if you have Jstor access. ...
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Why is Josef K.'s last name never revealed?

This answer is primarily based on Ignace Feuerlicht, "Omissions and Contradictions in Kafka's Trial", The German Quarterly 1967, 40(3), pp. 339-350 - available here if you have Jstor access. All ...
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Is “I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.” a real Franz Kafka quote?

The earliest version of this quote that I was able to find appeared on Twitter in February 2013. i don't know if i want to drown myself in love, vodka, or the sea @ChilllSlut, 2013-02-18 11:15. ...
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Difference between "emperor" and "living emperor" in Kafka's "The Great Wall of China"

The post of emperor is very important. It has influence and impact and power "throughout all the different levels of the world." Everything is done in the name of the emperor. This has ...
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Who is Mrs Muggeridge in this essay on Kafka?

My best guess (based mainly on the name and degree of cultural prominence) is that Alan Bennett was referring to the writer and memoirist Kitty Muggeridge, the idea being that her husband, the ...
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Why does Die Verwandlung have autobiographical aspects?

There are several aspects why Die Verwandlung is based on the life of Franz Kafka. Kafka wrote the book during the period he was depressed and he had sleeping disorders, which means he couldn't ...
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Secondary literature on "The Warden of the Tomb"

Below are a few references in English: S. Zhao (2012): "Kafka, Hamlet and the Modern Psyche's Ecology", Foreign Literature Studies, 34(1):152-159. From the abstract: "Shakespeare's Hamlet has special ...
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Why didn't Josef K. simply ignore the summons?

Kafka didn't technically finish the book, but it's worth noting that at the ending, Agents executed Josef K. This suggests that whatever agency was doing the prosecution had at least some capacity to ...
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Is “I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.” a real Franz Kafka quote?

I found a searchable file online of Letters to Milena. (It's more readable here but not searchable.) The word "drown" appears six times, but none of them is in anything resembling this ...
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Why didn't Josef K. simply ignore the summons?

I know this has been already answered, but this is my interpretation of why K. repeatedly went to the summons. K. is holds his reputation above all else and his fear that he may be deemed guilty and ...
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