A Slice of K's Life
- Members may be interested to know of a book, Kafka Goes to the Movies, by
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.
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