Franz Kafka (1883-1983): His Craft and Thought by Roman Struc, John Yardley

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I have spent my life restraining myself from breaking it to pieces. 33 For Kafka himself, as Malcolm Pasley's researches have shown, the guardian's role was functional; he watched over the closure of his own texts, as it were, testing their viability through an oblique process of commentary and self-denigration. Kafka's heroes, however, are inevitably driven towards the direct experience of ecstasy and tirelessly develop schemes for being simultaneously inside and outside, living the moment while guaranteeing its validity against all encroachment.

19 We seem to have moved far, with this rich metaphysics, from the generally impoverished atmosphere, the repetitive failures of Kafka's fictional world. But we have only followed in Kafka's own footsteps. 32 Franz Kafka And the bridge to Kafka's narratives is implicit in the original gesture of the Romantic time-theory. For although the world is consti- tuted by time, its materiality the residue of past striving, the multiple presence of "things" is the very opposite of temporal continuity; their persistence is the persistence of death, and their power to instigate new becoming, new projections of consciousness, is steeped in irony.

And N. Mander (New York: Harper and Row, 1964). 3 Bernheimer, op. cit. (note 1) p. 239. 4 Bernheimer, op. cit. p. 242. 5 Walter H. B. Metzler, 1980). 6 Although Kafka himself, in "The Letter to the Father," evoked his writing as a mode of escape, Stanley Corngold regards that autobiographical document as "deluded" and emphasizes the tenacity and self-generating momentum of Kafka's commitment to literature: "The hero of 'The Metamorphosis' is 'The Judgment,' the insight liberated in that story: that Kafka must not betray his writing either by marrying or by supposing that his father is the source and goal of his art.

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