Franz Kafka: Potato Mushroom Soup

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Franz Kafka - Potato Mushroom Soup

Another year, another fad diet. Every January, we’re told to go Paleo, go South Beach, go Atkins. It’s a culinary labyrinth that has existed for centuries—and Franz Kafka was an early captive.

Kafka famously followed a strict vegetarian regime; in an anecdote from friend and biographer Max Brod, Kafka proudly discussed his diet choices with a fish in the Berlin aquarium, saying, “Now at least I can look at you in peace. I don’t eat you anymore.” But if you think Kafka eschewed meat for moral reasons, think again. It was all a fad.

“Franz’s attitude toward the ‘natural health methods’ … was one of intense interest,” wrote Brod, and vegetarianism was only one of the trends that held Kafka in thrall. He was also a convert to “fletcherizing,” a British craze from the turn of the 20th century that advocated chewing each bite of food 32 times before swallowing…

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A Metamorfose – Franz Kafka

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Gregor Samsa trabalha como caixeiro viajante para sustentar sua família. Trabalha em algo que não lhe agrada nada, mas é isso quem garante o luxo e o bem estar de todos. Certo dia, como qualquer outro, o jovem Samsa acorda após sonhos bem intranquilos, se sentindo diferente, tinha se tornado um inseto, só que dessa vez era de corpo, não só alma como já havia sendo todo o resto do tempo.
Sua família se vê diante de uma situação muito complicada, porque afinal quem ia trazer dinheiro pra dentro de casa? Gregor não podia mais. Virou inseto, não que fosse algo muito diferente antes. Preferindo restos de comidas, e ficar debaixo de móveis, é assim que aquele jovem, agora inseto vivia. 
O livro é inquietante. Nada de príncipes, mocinhos e mocinhas perfeitos, amores impossíveis, heróis, bruxas, nada disso. Só nos apresenta um homem, como qualquer outro, e toda a indiferença…

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Week 4: Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis)

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The Metamorphosis was originally published in 1915 and is part Kafka’s short story collection.

Gregor Samsa is a salesman working for a company to repay his fathers debt. He lives in a decent flat with his father, mother and sister, Grete. “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from an uneasy dream, he found himself transformed into a gigantic insect.” With this transformation Gregor is quickly outcast by his family and employer. He implores the chief clerk of his employer to think of his torment favorably when explaining the situation. Gregor is confined to his bedroom and is left to meditate on what will happen.

At first Grete shows a small kindness in attending to Gregor but quickly grows more impatient with the burden and starts to relax her attention out of spite. Gregor’s dream was to send Grete to the conservatory and was to reveal his intention to fund her stay at Christmas.

As time passes Gregor’s needs…

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Alt Kafka – Franz Kafka in Alternate History

Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History

This blog post is written by Séamus Sweeney. Séamus is the author of Dublin Can Be Heaven from Alt Hist 3.

Writers often write about writers and writing.  This is hardly surprising for many reasons. One is the simple fact that writers generally like books, and that books therefore feature prominently in stories. Another is the postmodern turn of literature in the last number of years, in which allusion, reference, and even recapitulation of texts play a more prominent role in modernism or in the traditional realist novel. And specifically in alternate history, as the genre is by definition a literary rewriting and subversion of the historical record, literature and its power to reshape reality is a theme with a clear appeal and relevance.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, literature and literary figures feature prominently in alternate history fiction. In Bruce Sterling and William Gibson’s The Difference Engine, the great romantic poets of…

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The Trial

The Trial !!! Franz Kafka

The Soul of the Plot

PrintOrson Welles is mostly known for his first film, Citizen Kane. Sometimes The Magnificent Ambersons will be thrown in there, but for the most part not much attention is paid to his later films. Only based on The Trial, it’s with good reason because it’s not as good as Citizen Kane. Not that it’s a terrible film or anything, there’s just not much innovation as far as I can see, and of course once you make an incredible film like Citizen Kane people are going to expect your later films to be just as fantastic, and it looks like in Welles’ case this was just not going to happen.

The Trial is based off of a novel by Franz Kafka, and it opens with Welles telling us a story.  It’s all about a man who comes to a door representing the “law” and is denied entrance. The…

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Stay Victorious!!!


Challenges in lifeRoger Crawford once said – ‘Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional’. In the midst of all the challenges we are facing in Ghana, please remember to hold your head up high and be grateful to God for the free gifts of life, health and sanity. You can’t afford to be defeated, NO…not in your home land. Ghana is our home and we will make it big here no matter what!!! Stay Positive my friends, better days are in the mind. Let your smile remain!!!


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