[ilds] Kafka and Durrell

Vittorio Celentano vcel at ix.netcom.com
Mon Jul 23 11:35:21 PDT 2007


Actually, I feel Kafka could easily reflect our present state of affairs. I
am now reading Briefe an Milena, a beautiful book. Durrell, at his best, is
poet and a painter if somewhat hermetic. His beautiful images are beyond
analytical interpretation. Durrell, the man, we shall never know.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: "Durrell list" <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] Kafka and Durrell

> Richard Pine asks why I consider Kafka incomprehensible and baffling.  A
short answer, in a Durrellian context.  Kafka is not incomprehensible (I
didn't say he was); in fact, his Czech German is quite lucid and a delight
to read.  What's baffling is his subject matter, in particular parts of The
Trial (the famous, "Before the Law") and the entirety of The Castle.  He
writes in mysterious parables about an incomprehensible social and cosmic
order.  This is not Durrell, whose odd English cannot match the clarity of
Kafka's German.  Durrell seems to be using language as a smokescreen to hide
something.  Kafka sees a smokescreen, which language cannot penetrate.
> Bruce
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
> >Sent: Jul 22, 2007 7:49 PM
> >To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> >Subject: Re: [ilds] John Press and Durrell
> >
> >Which poses an interesting problem.  If the poems are intended to be at
least in part incomprehensible, who will read them?  The poet is destroying
his own audience.  I'm trying to think of antecedents for this.  Perhaps
Kafka?  Who published almost nothing and wrote mainly for his own
satisfaction and amusement?  And we all know how baffling Kafka is -- and
how great.
> >
> >Bruce
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
> >>Sent: Jul 22, 2007 6:25 PM
> >>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> >>Subject: Re: [ilds] John Press and Durrell
> >>
> >>
> >>Like it or not, Durrell may not want readers seeing too much into his
> >>poems.
> >>
> >>:Michael
> >>
> >>
> >>On Monday, July 23, 2007, at 01:14  am, william godshalk wrote:
> >>
> >>>  "At times, his vision is so private that, lacking the key, we find
> >>> ourselves unable to decipher the vivid cryptograms which lie before
> >>> us."
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