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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Analytical, thorough, going back and forth to find the best way to resolve his deepest fears and worries. Walling yourself off from harm not only walls you off from the world, but creates a breeding ground for personal demons which grow and multiply without adversity.

For instance, the main room is referred to as the ‘Great Castle’, while in reality it is just a muddy hole in the ground. Stories and Reflections New York: Oct 21, Mark Elderson rated it it was amazing. Preoccupied with the basics of simple survival, what his life lacks becomes teh to a reader. I thought that this fear is also coming from our deepest fear of death, which power is unquestionable and beyond doubt more powerful of our constructions.

As it is often true, our efforts are never enough to be well protected. Its lifestyle display such a strong sense of solitude that, even though never clarified, it is easy to assume that it is the only member of its species. Oct 27, Talvez He built and augmented it throughout his life, creating a massive labyrinth with a sand-castle citadel at its center, which houses his food bhrrow.

This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history. The sound which this creature is straining to follow, left unexplained; and the creature’s predicament left ongoing.

The Burrow by Franz Kafka

A muddy hole in the ground becomes a great castle 30 June The more of Kafka’s stories that I read the stranger they seem to become. The creature is stunted with anxieties. It also, just like a human being, struggles with keeping up with his practice of becoming human. The creature’s sophisticated level of cognition renders it extremely neurotic and it also shows symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia in its long descriptions about what kind of dangers it is preparing against.


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The creature is preoccupied with problems that are in the realm of reality in its most prosaic: Eventually, towards the middle of the story, it starts hearing a sound in its burrow that it is not able to detect the source of — which can be read as its complete loss of its ego barrier and consequently, loss of its ability to distinguish between outside and inside input.

What can we read into this? Pa je bar to ok. Mar 09, Elias Vasilis Kontaxakis rated it it was amazing. It is only a short book, yet I ended up skimming some pages just to get through them. And again the Kafka traits are there in place.

This book is so special and it is written from an animal which seems to be a mole’s perspective. Well, again, the thoughts of a mole-like creature, on the creation and upkeep of his “Castle Keep,” his labyrinthian home.

The Burrow (short story) – Wikipedia

But, even as the mole notices, life outside his burrow has a certain sweetness to it, and at times is preferable. Because of these and other reasons I would have loved The Burrow regardless of its literary merit; lucky for me it also happens to be amazing.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Jul 09, Adam Carrico rated it really liked it. The story ends with the creature convinced a giant predator is closing in on him and his home, and his extreme anxiety about such an attack.

I have to admit though that while I was reading it, I had the impression that describes mostly our lives. It rationalizes its every action maybe not always convinces the reader but ultimately the whole story r a survey rather than a review, so SPOILERS The narrator of the story is a mole-like creature that has acquired the gift of speech, or at least the gift of telling its own story in the written form, and can even said to be over-articulate.

Well, it is not that the next one is stranger than the last, but rather that are all on the same level of strangeness. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.


Of course, that is deceptive.

The Burrow

The mole earns his home through hard work and intelligence, and has a right to peace, but the knowledge of impending reality prevents him from enjoying it. People who like the strange, the bizarre, and the twisted, and people who like moles. Unfortunately, reading this book was painful for me.

Refresh and kzfka again. The read is highly recommended for those who question existence and reason. This is a superb translation. But Frwnz think not. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is to take the words on the page ‘straightforward’ and not, as doubtless irritates many, to take the words as one of several parables, or worse to take burroww words as some difficult ‘code’ to an ‘inner meaning’ that needs to be broken.

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. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless “The Metamorphosis” is considered a short novel.

Cranz, I work for an insurance company basically doing what Kafka did and, well, to be honest with you, it is driving me nu A muddy hole in the ground becomes kafkz great castle 30 June The more of Kafka’s stories that I read the stranger they seem to become.

In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brodwho would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Fanz Weltschwho also studied law.