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A Country Doctor

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Written during the winter of 1916-17 when Kafka was living in one of the tiny houses on Golden Lane (formerly Alchimistengasse) at Prague Castle, and published in spring 1920 by Kurt Wolff Verlag, the 14 short fictions comprising this volume are interconnected by a persistent exploration of identity, where even animals anthropomorphize into a new identity. "Before the Law, ...more
Hardcover, Kafka's Short Prose, 92 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Twisted Spoon Press (first published 1918)
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May 21, 2013 Bruce rated it really liked it
How can such a brief and spare story contain such depths of meaning? Each time I read it new insights emerge. The story is simple. A country doctor is called out at night in the midst of a snowstorm to attend a young man ten miles away. The doctor’s horse has just died, and he has no substitute. Inexplicably, two robust horses appear although with a groom who sends the doctor off into the night while remaining with the doctor’s housekeeper Rose, clearly intent on raping her. The doctor immediate ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
May 18, 2015 Sidharth Vardhan rated it it was amazing
May be I had developed a habit of looking for an allegory or something in ever work Kafka say but this is more of a mixed bag by his standards. I will comment only on a few stories – that I had to read at least twice.

Country Doctor

A short story showing snow ball effect after an initial not-so-important-looking choice. Like a snowball, Country doctor is struck down the wrong path and he knows it, there are elements (horses!) that keep reminding him that he must return, he wishes to and can, yet h
Sara Kamjou
«نسخه نوشتن آسان است، همدلی داشتن با مردم سخت است.»
Dec 06, 2012 Wael rated it it was amazing
The dreamlike setting of this short story left me bewildered and with a lot of questions. until I decided I better read an analysis of this story. It is then I understood what Kafka was trying to communicate. I was amazed to say the least!
as if Kafka transformed his thoughts and sat there in the middle of a dark nightmare writing as he watched the events in the story unfold before his eyes.

below is the link to the analysis I've read

the other link is an award winning Japanese animation of this s
Ibrahim Saad
بجرح جميل جئت إلى العالم، كان ذلك هو زادي كله، كان ذلك هو كل ما أحتاجه
Apr 21, 2012 Prashant rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Sometimes things just stop making sense. You make decisions that you have made before and still it just turns out to be all different.

It's confusing enough to make your life make sense when you do the same thing day in and day out. It gets worse with new equations and new variables added in the old results.

The story of a country doctor tells us just that. A false alarm by a patient and the doctor is left confused with the path he decided to tread his whole life.

The story leaves us wondering a
Feb 11, 2010 Daniel rated it liked it
A small collection of short stories by Kafka. They are all quick reads, as none of them go beyond ten pages, with the exception of the last one. Of course, "quick read" is a bit misleading with Kafka, whose writing always deserves more careful consideration. I will have to return to a few of these stories to make sense of them.

The most amusing story for me was "A Report for an Academy," which was a letter written by an ape who had successfully assimilated to life among humans.
May 02, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this fucker in German. Real Deutsch! It took almost 3 months.
Soham Chakraborty
When I went into Golden Lane of the enormous Prague Castle in mid afternoon, I had no clue that Kafka lived there on house number 22. All the rooms, separated by thin - as thin as the width of a hair - walls, constituted a living space, where ostensibly, less fortunate people lived. Kafka, exhausted of his rancorous apartment, took refuge in house no 22, where he used to come after his day job as the doctor of law in the Workers' Accident and Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia, to sp ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Cecily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, kafka
The Country Doctor is the title of one of the stories published in a collection of the same name. They are also included in some versions of The Metamorphosis.

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A short, surreal animal story: a war horse gives up war to become a lawyer!

A Country Doctor

A disturbing story, with nightmarish unreality (magical realism, even?), coupled with sinister snow (as in The Castle) and a suffering child.

The doctor has to get to the child, but the snow is heavy and he is without a horse. Yet som
Samuel Mustri
Jun 09, 2012 Samuel Mustri rated it it was amazing

'The Country Doctor' is one of Kafka's most enigmatic, because it is one of his most symbolic, and his symbols defy easy explanation.Suddenly, however, it transforms itself into nightmare.

There are narratives under another under another… so that the story is layered just as an onion is.The only difference is that with an onion you have the certainty that it has an exhaustible number of layers, not so with “A Country Doctor."

This onion-like structure in the story has many effects, of which I
Karim Abdel-Khalek‎
قصة جيدة ، أكثر نضجاً من قصص أخرى لكافكا مشتتة و غير مفهومة ، على الأقل فهمت هذه القصة و هو بالنسبة لي إنجاز عظيم أن أفهم قصة لكافكا من أول مرة !!

طبيب القرية يحاول أن إنقاذ شاب مريض ، و في النهاية يكتشف الطبيب أنه أكثر مرضاً

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Apr 21, 2013 Nazish rated it really liked it
I can totally bet this was actually one of Kafka's dreams, so delusional and enigmatic as it was. There are countless times when I force myself to deliver such wispy dreams (which make less sense to me in daylight than in the middle of a night) on paper but my simpleton mind can not make a head or tail of such writings and consider them deplorable.
That is why Kafka who manages to bring a rhapsodic dream into an alive and breathing short story is such an endearing writer to me.
Feb 01, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Short story readers
Shelves: short-story, classic
I wasn't quite ready for this story, nor was I ready for it to have ended as quickly as it did. A hauntingly vivid tale that stays with you far longer than you expect it to. One crisis leads to annother. An innocent life is put in peril for cost of a false alarm.

Symbolism abounds in this piece.

Amazing how a short story can really get under your skin and make you examine the choices people make and the ramifications of those decisions.
I didn't read everything that's in this book, but I guess we had to read about 50-60% for German Lit. class so I'm adding this. We read some of the more famous stories like "Die Verwandlung", "Das Urteil" and "Vor Dem Gesetz" (which can also be read in "Der Prozeß") but also quite a few of the other stories ("Brief Für Eine Akademie", "Der Hungerkünstler" etc.). So a fair collection. The book itself really is that - a good collection of various things Kafka published while he was still alive and ...more
Syahira Sharif
Another Kafka story which equally baffled me and even more sinister if you found that Noh-influenced Japanese short anime film. Its a story about a doctor and the snow stormy night when he was called out to meet a patient but weird things started happening to him which is hard to explain what happened exactly.

Personally this is more in line towards the Absurdist element than Melville's Bartleby does since this novel is like a ride with Fringe's Dr Walter Bishop on LSD. Unfortunately this story s
May 29, 2016 Mohammad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
در كتاب گفتگو با كافكا چندين بار كافكا و يانوش در مورد داستان هاي اين كتاب با هم صحبت مي كنند. من هم از اين فرصت استفاده كردم و اين كتاب را شروع كردم. داستان ها فراتر از توقع من بودند. انگار كه فراموش كرده بودم كافكا هميشه براي من چقدر غير قابل پيش بيني بوده. داستان هاي اين كتاب خيلي مهم اند. از اين جهت كه كافكا از چندتايشان در كارهاي بعدي خودش استفاده كرده. مثلا داستان جلوي قانون يكي از قسمت هاي مهم رمان محاكمه را تشكيل داده يا داستان پيام امپراطوري كه باعث نوشتن داستان ديوار چين شده. كه البته ...more
Diane S ☔
Was cleaning out a book case in one of my smaller bedrooms and of course I ended up examining books I had not looked at for many years. Remember reading this eons ago and since it had been many years since I has read Kafka, I ended up reading some of the stories.

As strange and brilliant as it was the first time I read it. A country doctor, feeling used, no control over his own life, has a very outwardly experience when he is called to the home of a patient. Only at the very end does he attempt t
Mohammad Ali
بیش از همه نظرم به داستان "پیام امپراتوری" جلب شد. اما در مرتبه ی بعد داستان های "در ردیف آخر"، پزشک دهکده"، "نوشته ای قدیمی"، جلو قانون"، "شغال ها و عرب ها"، "بازدیدی از معدن"، و "گزارشی برای یک آکادمی" - در این میان برخی به دلیل سبک روایت آشفته یا خاصی که دارند به دل می نشینند. اما چنانکه می توان انتظار داشت داستان های زیادی در این مجموعه تنیده با ابهام و عدم تعین هستند مثل "وکیل مدافع جدید"، "پزشک دهکده"، "در ردیف آخر"، نگرانی پدر خانواده" و "خواب". شاید پیوست کردن چند تحلیل از این داستان ها ...more
May 02, 2014 Elnaz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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مجموعه چند داستان کوچک ناپیوسته اما معمولا با یک درون مایه مشترک
به گفته آقای فرامرز بهزاد، کافکا زمانی این داستانهای کوتاه را خلق کرده که در اوج خلاقیت بوده
و باز به گفته آقای بهزاد چندان در بند تفسیر داستانها نباشید و اگر پی به مفهومی از داستان نبردید، ناامید نباشید حتی مفسران چیره دست هم نتوانستند مفهوم اصلی برخی داستانها را کشف کنند
Mar 19, 2011 Haverly rated it really liked it
I purchased this book and Contemplation while in Prague a few years ago. The illustrations in both books are perfect, and I really enjoyed the stories. I think I would have enjoyed them even more if I had read them in a lit class since some are difficult to understand.
Erwin Maack
Feb 27, 2016 Erwin Maack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depois de Jung é possível dizer que são séries e séries de sonhos. Encaixe-se como puder; ou se não puder, admire a perícia da composição das situações e sonhe seus significados pelos símbolos oferecidos.
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May 23, 2016 Anna At A Wondrous Bookshelf rated it really liked it
Don't be fooled by the short size of this story. Only 5 pages and so much is packed in those pages. First time I attempted to read, and I say attempted because one needs a certain maturity level to truly understand Kafka, I was in my teens trying to read Metamorphosis. Years later, I came across A Country Doctor and the thing that always impresses me about Kafka is the fact that nothing he writes is at face value. There is so much symbolism and so much reading in between the lines. This is defin ...more
Momina Masood
This encapsulates all that is Kafka! The confused, lost 'existential hero' in despair torn apart by the absurd, bizarre Kafkaesque reality - his reality.
Cangül Yurtdaş
Dec 22, 2015 Cangül Yurtdaş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Kendi kendimize, “Bu işin sonu nedir?” diye soruyoruz, “Bu taşınması güç eziyete daha ne kadar katlanacağız?” İmparatorun sarayının çekim gücü, bu göçebeleri uzak ülkelerinden buraya getirdi fakat onları geri yollamayı beceremiyor. Sarayın kapısı hiç açılmıyor; gün boyunca bir içeri bir dışarı gezip şişinen nöbetçi, şimdi demir kafeslerin ardından burnunu bile göstermiyor. Ülkemizin savunulması zanaatkarlar ve biz esnafa kaldı fakat biz, bu zor ödevi başaramayız, bunu yapabileceğimiz söyleyerek ...more
Jul 04, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
So I have been tasked with reading several of Kafka's works recently and when I got to this one I actually stopped and researched how to process his writing. I felt that I wasn't entirely grasping what was going on with the immense amount of symbolism. After finding out the Kafka had a preoccupation with Freudian theory things began to make sense. I began to see the different aspects of the psyche being portrayed in the characters; the Id as the groom, the Ego as the patient, and the Superego as ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Ariya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do I understand the underline meaning of this Kafka's short story? Totally not. But at some point, his works perhaps can be read out of pleasure for a self-deprecating person like me. Despite being good by conditions, as a human we might eventually lose some sense of human spirit. That is what I think of this story. We feel helpless, worse than that we are satisfied to be helpless so as we don't have to intend to be participated in any life being. The Doctor encounters his conflict, not just whe ...more
Lisa Eves
Nov 13, 2015 Lisa Eves rated it it was ok
Shelves: 4, fantasy, 1910s
after the rubbish first story came the delightfully surrealist tale of the title, but perhaps my favourite of them all was the last, "a report to an academy", which is clearly some sort of allegory about how the oppressed must ascend into the ranks of the oppressor to be free.

also of note:

- "before the law", which is part of THE TRIAL and acts as the introduction to welles' lovely adaption;

- "jackals and arabs", which i'm sure someone could interpret as an allegory for european-arabian relations
Mete Koçak
Oct 02, 2015 Mete Koçak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okumaktan zevk alacağınız okurken ara ara kitabı şöyle bir kenara bırakıp kelimeler ve cümleler üzerine düşüneceğiniz, bazen sizi güldürecek bazen de hayretler içerisinde donup kalmanıza neden olacak, hayal gücünüzün sınırlarını zorlayacak kısa kısa hikayelerden oluşan bir eser, kısacası bir kafka klasiği diyebiliriz. Okuyun okuyun :)
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Franz Kafka (German pronunciation: [ˈfʀants ˈkafka]) was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western lite ...more
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