The Burrow” (German: “Der Bau”) is an unfinished short story by Franz Kafka in which a mole-like being burrows through an elaborate system of tunnels it has. EVERY READER of “The Burrow” who is even moderately familiar with Kafka’s life and work cannot fail to be struck by the realization that there is an intimate. Franz Kafka wrote continuously and furiously throughout his short and . “The Burrow” and “The Great Wall of China” belong at the summit of Kafka’s oeuvre;.

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It was used as a theoretical base to start a research and build an architectural concept. Hey, I work for an insurance company basically doing what Kafka did and, well, to be honest with you, it is driving me nu A muddy hole in the ground becomes a great castle 30 June The more of Kafka’s stories that I read the stranger they seem to become. It seems the ideal of happiness is more vital than happiness itself; this is a symptom of too closely investing in your dreams.

One of Kafka’s greatest short stories. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jun 02, Hasan rated it liked it Shelves: The creature itself is also utterly unfamiliar in its defiance of any kind of human-animal separation, its voluntary seclusion from society, and its corporeal ambiguity.

The Burrow (short story)

Sep 26, Roni Abona rated it it was amazing. Want to Read savingā€¦. The language the creature uses to describe its glorious engineering project that is its burrow is very precise — almost to the point of tediousness. Surely an anxiety is fundamentally what is beneath all existences, something which is ‘managed’ according to resources, time, and culture?

A mole-like creature rants internally about his underground burrow. He grew up in a hostile jungle until one day he decided to dig an underground borrow as his home.

His foreword is great, too, short but suggestive. The syntax of this translation is very simple, but the single strain of consciousnesses of the mole-like creature is often hard to follow. Is the subtext Freudian? We gather from his thoughts a few tidbits about his life: Clearly, it sometimes finds it difficult to keep up its endeavor to transform its flesh into an impervious body that rises above such fleshly attributes as desire, hunger or fear through the glory of its mind.


Kafka claimed in his famous letter to his father that marrying and raising children was supremely important, without doing so himself. He worries about the effectiveness of his tangle of narrower tunnels what he refers to as his ‘outer labyrinth’ just beneath the one entrance to his burrow, he feverishly spreads out his large store of reserve food from his deepest chamber his ‘Castle Keep’ to many smaller chambers and then returns it all, he dashes across open ground and finds a hiding place where he can safely watch his domain from the outside.

My personal experience aligns well with it, and I was enticed by the setting even before I started. And again the Kafka traits are there in place.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brodwho would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with thhe journalist Felix Weltschwho also studied law.

Preview ā€” The Burrow by Franz Kafka. Kwfka Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. It also, just like a human being, struggles with keeping up with his practice of becoming human. A muddy hole in the ground becomes a great castle 30 June The more of Kafka’s stories that I read the stranger they seem to become.

What can we read into this?

The basics – he has gone underground to get out of the weather, to get warm, and to store food; to protect himself it seems to be a ‘he’he preys on small creatures that stumble into his tunnels, so he need not go out much, and he is very anxious brurow being himself preyed-upon by bigger animals.

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It is a cruel joke that once bureow creature gets his home, he loses it to his own obsessive fears. The entire piece has little to no action and is all internal monologue.

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The creature’s sophisticated level of cognition renders it extremely neurotic and it also shows symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia in its long descriptions about what kind of dangers it is preparing against. In many ways Kafka’s writings are absurd in that they expose the absurdity of life.


View all 17 comments. This bodiless sound is a perfect example of the uncanny; First, the creature is doomed to stay unfamiliar with it because it is not able to find a body that the sound belongs to, which positions the sound in an ambiguous place between materiality and immateriality; Second, because it is a sensory input that seems to the creature to be from the outside but is actually is an externalization of its own fears that it has been desperately trying to repress; And third, it is literally un-heim-lich in kafia sense that it, according to the creature, does not belong in its house and is very unwelcome.

It never sets out to describe itself burorw what type of animal it is or used to be? That is a far better piece of writing than any grizzly-monster appearance.

The Burrow

Stories and Reflections New York: Analytical, thorough, going back and forth to find the best way to resolve his deepest fears and worries. The very lack of conclusion seems often to be the point.

Familiarly he addresses his audience – ‘But you do not know me if you think I am. Refresh and try kkafka. Still, an imaginary talking animal is hardly a groundbreaking thought, and probably was not at Kafka’s time either.

In a way it is our perception of something that counts, and not somebody else’s, and the only reason that they may be suggesting that it is anything but is because they are jealous or envious of maybe, not so much the burrow, but the owner’s happiness in inhabiting the burrow. I enjoyed this burtow the beginning, but my goodness did it drag on and on repetitively. At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese- und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities.

This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history.