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  • Aidan Harman
    Members may be interested to know of a book, Kafka Goes to the Movies, by Hanns Zischler, translated by Susan H Gillespie, University of Chicago Press £21,
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      Members may be interested to know of a book, Kafka Goes to the Movies, by
      Hanns Zischler,
      translated by Susan H Gillespie, University of Chicago Press £21, pp200.

      In a review 'Kafka's Flicks and Kicks' (The Observer, Sunday, February
      16,2003), Joanna Griffiths writes: 'When the cinema came to Prague a young
      writer found scenes from life and the world of dreams. Hanns Zischler finds
      an author playing a new role in Kafka Goes to the Movies.'

      She goes on to say:

      'Theodor Adorno, writing in 1934 to Walter Benjamin, described Kafka's
      novels as "the last, disappearing textual links to silent film".
      Metamorphosis has all the mute gestures of early cinema - the transformed
      Samsa roaming round his room, the horror of his family as they bang on the
      door, holding their hands up in despair. Likewise, the monumental symbolism
      of The Castle smacks of silent melodrama - a gothic image dominating the
      set, painted on a three-dimensional backdrop.

      Aidan Harman


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