Description of a Struggle and Other Stories by Franz KafkaDescription of a Struggle is one of Kafkas longer minor works and is divided into three chapters. The first chapter is narrated by a young man attending a party and tells of his acquaintance (as he is referred to in the story) that he meets there. The second chapter is the longest and is itself split into several sections. The narrator leaps onto his acquaintances back and rides him like a horse and imagines a landscape that responds to his every whim. He then meets an extraordinarily fat man carried on a litter who tells him the story of a supplicant who prays by smashing his head into the ground. In the third chapter, the narrator returns to reality, so to speak, and continues his walk up the Laurenziberg in winter with his acquaintance.
Description of a Struggle and Other Stories
Remember Me? What's New? Results 1 to 4 of 4. Thread: "Description of a Struggle". It appears maddeningly enigmatic and perhaps devoid of actual meaning. However, I am only halfway through reading it. Would anyone be willing to provide me with advice for interpreting the story?
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Kafka has one very interesting way of telling stories. In "Description of a Struggle" his main character is found sitting alone at a table.
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These snippets I liked come from the first story in the book and is one of the earliest existing stories that Kafka wrote, called Description of a Struggle. However I really enjoyed reading this story. It breaks off so suddenly into a drama then to a sort of magical realism that it really surprises you. Saying that, my favourite section of Description of a Struggle is the first section, which is basically realism for the main part, then turns surreal. Parts I quote may not seem particularly interesting but I like the way Kafka brings us into the narrators thoughts and movements. I had to stop myself from quoting much more!
This topic is about Franz Kafka. Feb 02, AM. Feb 02, PM. Will I re-re-read it? Well, for the moment, I definitely got a very strong positive feeling from the beginning of this one.
His oldest surviving work of fiction is " Shamefaced Lanky and Impure in Heart ," which he wrote a few years earlier and which only survived because it was included in a letter to his friend Oskar Pollak. Kafka began the story in at the age of 20 and worked on it on and off until It is also notable for being the story that Kafka first showed to his friend Max Brod and which convinced Brod that Kafka should further pursue his writing. Brod liked the story so much that he mentioned Kafka as an example of "the high level reached by [today's] German literature" in a theatre review of his, this before Kafka had even been published. The first chapter is narrated by a young man attending a party and tells of his "acquaintance" as he is referred to in the story that he meets there.