Abstract: This article is an analysis of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’s short text “Kafka and His Precursors.” Although appearing to be an example of literary . Jorge Luis Borges – Kafka and His Precursors. Link to an essay by Jorge Luis Borges (translated by James E. Irby). “Kafka and His Precursors”. Everything and nothing: On Jorge Luis Borges’s “Kafka and His Precursors”. Romance Quarterly 57 (2)
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They admitted, however, that it was difficult, and perhaps impossible, to reach the Pole and that not all men could undertake the adventure.
It jis not like the horse or the bull, the wolf or the deer. He has never seen this friend and the fact is that the friend has so far never helped him, although tales are told of his most noble traits and authentic letters of his circulate about.
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Maybe Hegel strikes again? This strange invocation of legal discourse might suggest that some boges is afoot, or that we are hearing some kind of confession. A moving object at A declares Aristotle cannot reach point B, because it must first cover half the distance between two points, and before that, half of the half, and before that, half of the half of the half, and so on to infinity; the form of this illustrious problem is, exactly, that of “The Castle”, and the moving object and the arrow and Achilles borhes the first Kafkian characters in literature.
Notify me of new comments via email. Irby I once premeditated making a study of Kafka’s precursors. The subject of the other parable is the North Pole expeditions.
September 5, at 8: It is universally bogges that the unicorn is a supernatural being of good omen; such is declared in all the odes, annals, biographies of illustrious men and other texts whose authority is unquestionable. September 5, at In the second text which chance laid before me, the affinity is not one of form but one of tone. This observation precedes Borges and this text, and so confirms what is now his repetition of what can present itself as an established fact.
Then someone places these traits in doubt and the handwriting experts declare that the letters are apocryphal.
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But this then leaves us asking ourselves about the status of the text that we have before us, which as the title promises and as further readings confirms turns out to concern precisely the topic of the projected but unwritten or abandoned study: September 4, at 7: Kafks Facebook Google Print.
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This second fact is more significant. One is the story of a counterfeiter who, under constant surveillance, counts banknotes in the Bank of England; in the same way, God would distrust Kierkegaard and have given him a task to perform, preccursors because He knew that he was familiar with evil.
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The poem “Fears and Scruples” by Browning foretells Kafka’s work, but our reading of Kafka perceptibly sharpens and deflects our reading of the poem. Browning did not read it as we do now. They provide a more rational justification for my instinctive mistrust of such developments beyond my own technophobia.
In such conditions, we could amd face to face with a unicorn and not know for certain what it precutsors.
It is an intervention between the plan and its execution, between intention and act.
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Hope all goes well. Here, these opening lines anticipate the central problematic of the essay itself, which is about the ways in which texts are related and how strange fissures or reversals upset linear temporality, just as it in turn makes or unmakes its point through performance as much as through argument or exposition: This is the paragraph, mysterious and calm, which I marked: I shall record a few of these here, pecursors chronological order.
A man has, or believes yis has, a famous friend. The man asks, in the last line: If I am not mistaken, the heterogeneous pieces I have enumerated resemble Kafka; if I am not mistaken, not all of them resemble each other.
But Borges precursorx suggests that such apparent oddities or impossibilities are remarkably common, even quotidian: Even children and village women know that a unicorn constitutes a favorable presage. The other is entitled “Carcassonne” and is the work of Lord Dunsany.