I have read numerous interpretations of Kafka's works by those who have their own axes to grind. This is indicatave of how great Kafka's observations are - they can be seen in many a slant. However, I think Kafka was not interested in whatever fuel - Capitalism/Socialism/Fascism - fed the machine.The machine eventually became the same. A Bureaucracy which exists to subdue and control, and not aid the citizens of the country.
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By DJ Pangburn
Those familiar with Jorge Luis Borges fiction and essays will note an obsession with the labyrinthine texture of human existence. The idea that the human mind could get lost, whether wondrously or horrifically, in endless pathways, rooms, cities, structures, points of light, memory, parallel worlds, dreams, nightmares, suspended moments, libraries, and in the labyrinths of books themselves, wherein people become lost in the pages, the words, the ideas, etc.
The great Argentine writer and librarian was certainly a fan of Kafka’s work. And though it might be assumed that since Borges was a proto-magical realist, then he must have been taken with “The Metamorphosis,” it seems far more likely that he lost himself in Kafta’s novel “The Castle.” This is conjecture, of course; but, Borges was also fond of losing himself in the realm of speculation—so make allowances.
It’s also worth noting that a precursor to “The Castle” lies in Lord Dunsany’s “Carcassonne,” which Borges emphasized in his essay “Kafka and His Precursors.” In this short story, Dunsany tells the tale of an invincible army who set their sights on the fortified city of Carcassonne. And like a literary retelling ofZeno’s Paradox, the army moves closer but never cross their destination’s threshold.
Franz Kafka may be best known for “The Metamorphosis,” and after that work, “The Trial,” but it is with “The Castle” that he achieves perhaps his most prophetic, absurd and labyrinthine vision.