Sunday, December 30, 2007

Two different types of magic...



Literary critics cannot agree how to read Kafka after all these years. There are many different readings of his masterpiece "The Castle", ranging from Marxism to magical realism. Being a big Gabriel Garcia Marquez fan, I tend to agree with the magical realist reading. However there is a crucial point to make.

If the magician in Marquez's magical realism is the sort of the magician that Gandalf is in Lord of The Rings, entertaining the young Hobits with his tricks, than the magician of Kafka is a dark one, a dark Voodo sorcerer jailing his victims to the depths of their inner fears. Still the Castle pulls me this moment from the side of my bed...

2 comments:

thuan said...

what do you recommend next to ggm and kafka

Ahmet C. Toker said...

Q from Luther Blisset if you are interested in the Middle Ages and the Reformation.

The Foucault's Pendulum from Umberto Eco if you are interested in all sorts of esoteric movements.