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Description of a Struggle

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Kafka, F. (1999). Description of a Struggle. In Kafka, F. The Complete Short Stories. Vintage Classics, pp. 9-54

13

'[...] sleep? On a night like this? What an idea! Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.'

just pretty language

—p.13 by Franz Kafka 6 years, 6 months ago

'[...] sleep? On a night like this? What an idea! Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.'

just pretty language

—p.13 by Franz Kafka 6 years, 6 months ago
13

[...] Who knows, this man--thinking of housemaid affairs while walking beside me, his mouth steaming with cold--might be capable of bestowing on me in the eyes of the world a value without my having to work for it. [...]

shit

—p.13 by Franz Kafka 6 years, 6 months ago

[...] Who knows, this man--thinking of housemaid affairs while walking beside me, his mouth steaming with cold--might be capable of bestowing on me in the eyes of the world a value without my having to work for it. [...]

shit

—p.13 by Franz Kafka 6 years, 6 months ago
29

And now the evening sun's slanting rays broke forth from behind the rims of the great cloud and illuminated the hills and mountains as far as the eye could see, while the river and the region beneath the cloud lay in an uncertain light.

pretty

—p.29 by Franz Kafka 6 years, 6 months ago

And now the evening sun's slanting rays broke forth from behind the rims of the great cloud and illuminated the hills and mountains as far as the eye could see, while the river and the region beneath the cloud lay in an uncertain light.

pretty

—p.29 by Franz Kafka 6 years, 6 months ago

(noun) a row of balusters topped by a rail / (noun) a low parapet or barrier

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If people must build such huge squares from sheer wantonness, why don't they build a balustrade across them as well?

—p.37 by Franz Kafka
confirm
6 years, 6 months ago

If people must build such huge squares from sheer wantonness, why don't they build a balustrade across them as well?

—p.37 by Franz Kafka
confirm
6 years, 6 months ago

a type of building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century; allows all (pan-) inmates to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched

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And have they a highly popular panopticon there containing nothing but trees

on Paris

—p.44 by Franz Kafka
notable
6 years, 6 months ago

And have they a highly popular panopticon there containing nothing but trees

on Paris

—p.44 by Franz Kafka
notable
6 years, 6 months ago
47

'[...] People who live alone have no responsibility in the evenings. One fears a number of things--that one's body could vanish, that human beings may really be what they appear to be at twilight, that one might not be allowed to walk without a stick, that it might be a good idea to go to church and pray at the top of one's voice in order to be looked at and acquire a body.'

—p.47 by Franz Kafka 6 years, 6 months ago

'[...] People who live alone have no responsibility in the evenings. One fears a number of things--that one's body could vanish, that human beings may really be what they appear to be at twilight, that one might not be allowed to walk without a stick, that it might be a good idea to go to church and pray at the top of one's voice in order to be looked at and acquire a body.'

—p.47 by Franz Kafka 6 years, 6 months ago