What's his most underrated short story?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I dunno man, just buy a collection of his stories, they are mostly good to great. What does it matter how they are rated?

    I love the one about the guy waiting in front of the open gate.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Metamorphosis.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    In the Penal Colony

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I personally have a deep love for 'a report to the academy'
    ive never seen the melancholy of ethnic and cultural assimilation portrayed so vividly
    I relate to it a lot and the fact I'm also an ashki israelite helps

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Definitely „der Bau“. It‘s both a typical Kafka-Nightmare of self-doubt, ambivalence and multilayered/superposition of possible interpretation, paranoia, getting lost in projection-loops and hypotheticals as well as an insight into his views on his own work (you can see the burrow as a giant metaphor for him completing his life‘s work and him reviewing and revising it over and over again).

    I think it is the perfect introductory piece to Kafka, as it contains every essential kafkaesk element while also being not too long

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    None, Kafka himself is stupidly overrated. Fricking Nabokov of all people did his whole style better in just one novel, than Kafka in his bunch of shots stories and dull monstrosities of novels.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Nabokov was a fanboy of the great Kafka. Even wrote notes and scribbles and drawings on his personal copy of The Metamorphosis.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Cool story.

        > Nabokov of all people did his whole style better in just one novel
        Invitation to a Beheading?

        Yeah.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      > Nabokov of all people did his whole style better in just one novel
      Invitation to a Beheading?

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Hunger Artist

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Great Wall Of China imo

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      agreed

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Eine kleine Frau because it’s an allegory for masturbation and prescient for the pornographic age we’re living in. It’s not a surprise that it was discovered that Kafka owned porn, it explains a little bit more of his guilt complex. I like Ein Hüngerkunstler a lot too although that‘s far less underrated.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      *Hungerkünstler

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    As a fairly neurotic nervous person I find the paranoia of "The Burrow" very relatable.
    Fortune and safety is a bubble. There is no assurance, no ultimate escape from danger. Outside the burrow the creature is vulnerable to attack and cannot protect his burrow
    Inside his burrow he cannot ensure every entrance is watched and secure

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The vulture is great, feels like one of those dreams that you tend to have right after falling asleep, the ones that make you flinch so hard that you wake up for a moment. I slightly prefer his most famous short stories like In the Penal Colony and The Metamorphosis, but this is one of the lesser known ones that I really like (although all of his stories are relatively famous)

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    A Country Doctor. My favourite thing of Kafka's in general

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