[ilds] Kafka and Durrell

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Mon Jul 23 13:13:07 PDT 2007

As far as "i" am concerned your eye has yet to be 
Wake up!!!

Richard Pine wrote:

> Can't agree at all. I read K when very young and it gave me no difficulty 
> whatsoever. (I do think you used 'incomprehensible' and 'baffling' in close 
> proximity, and I thought both words applied to K.) The Castle is crystal 
> clear, as is 'Before the Law', as far as subject matter is concerned and - 
> someone is going to holler at this - he strikes me as a paradigmtaic 
> post(-)colonial writer. Seeing Kafka's Prague, 40 years aftre having read 
> him, was an extra layer of eye-opening.
> RP
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
> To: "Durrell list" <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 6:04 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.
>>-----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.
>>>-----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
>>>>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
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