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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Published first published 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. Jun 27, David Sarkies rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People who like the strange, the bizarre, and the twisted, and people who like moles. He grew up in a hostile jungle until one day he decided to dig an underground borrow as his home.

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Apr 24, Huda Yahya rated it really liked it Shelves: Kafka has a style of his own For instance, the main room is referred to as the ‘Great Castle’, while in reality it is just a muddy hole in the ground. The interesting thing becomes clear right from the outset; as with some other Kafka stories, there is effectively only one character and that character is addressing an audience; in this instance the character is some form of burrowing creature.

Maybe then that is what the beast is, the jealous and envious person that goes out buerow its way to destroy one’s happiness. Kafka claimed in his famous letter to his father that marrying and raising te was supremely important, without doing so himself. One of the most tedious stories I’ve ever read. Different scholars can all find there whatever they are looking for and that of course is the problem with this activity.


The creature is preoccupied with problems that are in the realm of reality in its most prosaic: Well, it is not that the next one is stranger than the last, but rather that are all on the same level of strangeness. The question still remains of how bjrrow moles, living painfully in the jungle, can find our peace of mind.

The Burrow by Franz Kafka

Everything I leave behind me I enjoyed this at the beginning, but my goodness did it drag on and on repetitively. Open Preview Burtow a Problem? The protagonist has lived in isolation with his thoughts all his life, and no one knows or cares about his existence. Se vivermos com medo, estaremos constantemente preocupados em defender-nos do que nos assusta.

Trivia About The Burrow. It is comprised on stories of over 20 pages as well as some which are only a paragraph in length.

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The animal is working so hard to build its burrow and trying hard to safeguard it. It was first translated into English by Willa and Edwin Muir.

But, even as the mole notices, life outside his burrow has a certain sweetness to it, and at times is preferable. Yet we, the reader, know that it is little more than a hole in the ground. It seems the ideal of happiness is more vital than happiness itself; this is a symptom of too closely investing in your dreams. Jul 09, Adam Carrico rated it really liked it.

Sometimes, to paraphrase Freud, a pair of balls is just a pair burrod balls. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered bburrow be among the most influential in Western literature. From reading this story I gather than the person, or thing, telling you the story is a mole, though I am not all that willing to stake my life on that preposition.

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The Burrow (short story)

He knows that mafka day something will come knocking at his door to shatter his world to pieces. 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 of being himself preyed-upon by bigger animals. That is a far better piece of writing than any grizzly-monster appearance.


The very lack of conclusion seems often to be the point. Preoccupied with the basics of simple survival, what his life lacks becomes clear to a reader. I have to admit though that while I was reading it, I had the impression that describes mostly our lives. Anyway, the narrator, who appears to be a burrowing mammal of some sort, spends the entire story telling us about its burrow.

Max Brod argued Kafka intended a showdown with the mole and the impending predator, who arrests so much of our madness in the closing pages. Sep 26, Roni Abona rated it it was amazing.

It is clear that the story makes brrow of both the mimetic and the fantastic modalities in certain ways; but in its estrangement of the familiar, and representation of it as something foreign, only to bring it back into the Symbolic Order as a novelty, renders Kafka’s story, “the Burrow,” ultimately a very successful estranging work of fantasy. The story has great potentials to be a reference for many architectural ideas.

It is a cruel joke that once the creature gets his home, he loses it to his own obsessive fears. What makes the creature in “The Burrow” so interesting is its employment of a human-like mindset and glorification of rational thinking in its occupation with changing its natural surrounding into artificiality through labor.

Oh, for those to turn up. What unpacks itself is a sort of address which reveals an anxiety which by the unfinished end of the narrative is unravelling into an inhibiting terror.