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گروه محكومين و پيام كافكا

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"In the Penal Colony" is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October 1914, and first published in October 1919.

The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. It describes the last use of an elaborate torture and execution device that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on his skin in a script before letting him die, all in the course of twelve hours.
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Paperback, 151 pages
Published 1958 by امير كبير (first published 1919)
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Cecily
I reread this before seeing an operatic version, though I had read it several times before.

The plot is grim but simple. A traveller to a tropical penal colony is invited to watch their unique method of execution.

The machine is explained in graphic detail by the officer who has devoted years to its upkeep and worships it almost as much as he worships the previous commander who invented it. The officer is despairing that the new commander is not enlightened enough to give full support to the meth
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شاب فقري
مازالت تراودني نفس الفكرة كلما قرأت لكافكا وأري نفس النظرة فى عيون كل أبطاله , نظرة كراهية الذات وإحتقارها , ففى مستوطنة العقاب نجد الجندي الذي آمن بالحكم عليه بالموت بآلة التعذيب دون أي مقاومة حتي يقول فيه الكاتب بأنه يبدو عليه كما لو كان كلبا خاضعا , وننتقل إلي الضابط الذي لا يري نفسه أهلا للحياة إلا فى ظل القائد القديم ونري مدي ترسخ الكراهية للتجديد أو التغيير أو التطور داخل النفس البشرية فى مقاومة القائد الجديد وأساليبه وهنا يظهر لنا كل الصراع بداخل الضابط الخائف علي تلف الآلةمرة وخائف مرة أ ...more
Bruce
This grim and horrifying short story is, among other things (for example, the nature of justice, the differences between cultures and cultural assumptions and practices, etc), a reflection on the nature of language and verbal communication. We commonly think of language as a mediator, an abstract descriptor of reality that never is quite able to be as accurate, as precise as the intended meaning, that never is able to be what we so desperately try to describe and share with each other. And we th ...more
Greg
This collection is interesting because it includes only the pieces that Kafka allowed to be published in his lifetime. This should be all we have of Kafka, everything else is Max Brod going against Kafka's wishes.

Picking up the complete stories of Kafka will give you more than this one will, but this is a pretty fine collection. The Penal Colony, A Hunger Artist and The Judgment are all collected here, which I think are really Kafka's three best short stories. You also get The Metamorphosis, wh
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Rozzer
I first read this story (actually at least three times, readings two and three immediately succeeding in turn after the first) when I was nine, in fourth grade (Mrs. Plotkin's class) in 1954. I was mad for short stories at the time and had bought a twenty-five cent small paperback anthology (even smaller than a Penguin, they haven't made that size for forty or fifty years) of which In the Penal Colony was the final story in the back of the book.

I read it, and couldn't understand a thing. I could
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Abd El-Rahman El-Naggar
I can't believe I actually respected the Officer by the end of the story. While his beliefs are purely evil, if you can ever call anything purely evil, he stayed committed to them to the very end. He even died to prove his point. I loved that. The Condemned, on whose side we were in the beginning of the story, turned out to be.. umm.. a bastard. The Officer did forgive him, but when places changed, the Condemned failed to give forgiveness back to the Officer. Maybe he wasn't aware that he was fo ...more
Wael Mahmoud
I read it translated by Willa and Edwin Muir.

Very smart story, i admire it from many angles. First of all the characters, i liked so much the officer's zeal and enthusiasm, the condemned man's curiosity and - at the same time - contentment and the soldier's indifference.

The officer's long speeches were very strong and concentrated although it contains many details and analysis. The last scene with the stick in the explorer's hand was magnificent.
Lina AL Ojaili
تجسد فكرة فلسفية عميقة تروي العلاقة بين المحكوم والحاكم
W.H. Johnson
I’m puzzled. As it’s expected I should be. I’ve been at the Kafka again. I have a dab at him once or twice every ten years and always come away bemused. What’s the point of it? What’s he getting at? Truth is that I’ve never had the determination to stick with him. But then this week I tried ‘In the penal colony’. Mind you, I’m still a touch uncertain where he’s coming from or going to but this time I didn’t retire before the bell. Not that that implies that I’m any wiser about Kafka’s intentions ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
Eighty eight years before standing on a beach staring at the sea with Haruki Murakami, Franz Kafka went to the tropics.

Being such a hermit crab, he stayed out of the tourist routes, taking a boat for docking in a muggy island and visiting a charming Penal Colony. Does it sound too heavy? Well, in case you didn't noticed, not everybody likes spending holidays drinking cold beer while swinging on a hammock giving a look to suntanned beauties all day long.
Do you really think that a pale and overstr
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David
It's tough to know what we're supposed to think after reading this bewildering story. I first thought that this story was a commentary on rise of the Tea Party mentality, but considering the time and place of composition, it seems unlikely that this was the author's intent.

My long-suffering wife (LSW) has explained repeatedly that actually caring what the author's intent was in writing X or Y is considered a sign of hopelessly out-of-fashion literary sensibility. Yet I cannot rid myself of this
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John
The Penal Colony ('In der Strafkolonie') is a very well-known, popular short story from Kafka. Although perhaps a bit more over-the-top than his other stories, The Penal Colony has all the Kafkaesque element one would expect: a detached narrator, omnipotent horror, deathly irony, et cetera.

The story tells of a colony for the Condemned and their torture and eventual execution by a device which carves their sentence on their skin. Our narrator is an ambivalent Explorer who is given a comprehensive
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Ahmed
و كالعادة كافكا بينكد علينا عيشتنا و يكرهنا في اللي جابونا :D

الكتاب عبارة عن رواية صغيرة و قصة قصيرة

هحاول من خلال الريفيو ده أتكلم عليهم بإيجاز و بدون حرق للأحداث

أولًا : فى مستوطنة العقاب

الرواية بتتكلم عن ظابط بيحكي لمحقق عن آله لتعذيب المجرمين .. و بيحكي بالتفصيل إزاي الآله دي بتشتغل بالظبط

و إيه المراحل اللي بيمر بيها المحكوم عليه خلال تعذيبه بالآله دي

بصراحة كانت رائعة و مسلية رغم الآلم اللي حسيته خلال وصف الظابط للآله بالتفصيل الممل ده.

ثانيًا : بنات آوى وعرب

القصة دي رمزية و فلسفية شوية .. كعا
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Fatin
This has got to be the most brilliant short story I've ever read. My love for Kafka increases everyday.
I'm not sure what the inner meaning of this story actually was, but it appealed to my sadistic side almost too much. By which I mean, of course there are a lot of layers to the story, it is Kafka after all, but I suppose nothing jumps out immediately. Even as I'm writing this, little things are making themselves known to me.
How I would love to view this!
Laura
Another masterpiece by this genius of the literature.
David Sarkies
Jul 28, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Kafka
Recommended to David by: One of my book clubs
Shelves: modernist
A horrific form of industrialised punishment
28 July 2014

I found this to be a little different to some of the other works of Kafka that I had read because there was actually some dialogue between the characters, despite the characters simply being described as 'The Explorer', 'The Soldier' and 'The Condemned Man'. As such, while the characters had a voice, they did not necessarily have a name, which in one sense deprives them of an identity as such, but also gives them a somewhat generalistic id
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Rinda Elwakil


أول قرائاتي لكافكا ..

الكتيب عبارة عن رواية قصيره (في مستوطنة العقاب) , و قصة قصيرة (بنات اّوي و عرب ) ..


لم أستمع لكلمات ذلك الصديق الحكيم الذي نصحني ألا أقرأ لكافكا و أنا سئية المزاج .. (هتكتئبي يا ريندا ), و قد كان

في مستوطنة العقاب تحكي عن آلة استخدمت لتعذيب المساجين و إعدامهم في تلك البلدة . مع وصف مفصل مقزز لمراحل التعذيب و لما يمر به المحكوم .


علي الرفم من قسوتها فهي قصه جيدة حقا ..


أما بالنسبه لبنات اّوي و عرب , لم أفهمها جيدا
كانت بالنسبه لي ك خاطرة لم تكتمل ..
يظهر من خلالها عداء و احتقار
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Chris Percival
Simply the best short story ever written (in my experience anyway). It is one of those works of art where you get to the end and think you understand it, and that it all wraps up nicely except a couple of loose ends. And then you tug at a loose end and the whole thing comes crashing down on you, leaves you bewildered. Then you sweep up the pieces and try and put them back together, more subtly this time - and again it crashes down, and again you're bewildered, and again you reconstruct the piece ...more
David
Set in the twilight years of a far flung penal colony, this short story witnesses the final hours of a hideous torture/execution machine and its officer in charge who is desperate to restore the machine to its former glory. The macabre nature of the story told in Kafka's dry, nonchalant manner made it both funny and horrible.
Possibly the decline of the machine and its master are a metaphor for the collapse of colonial enterprise and its inhumane ways. Reading Judgement however, the second short
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Amal Fahad
May 19, 2011 Amal Fahad rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Arwa Al-tamimi
لا أدري حقيقةً كيف قرأتها, قصتان غريبتان أثارا إستغرابي,
أولاً تكون هذهِ أوّل قراءةٍ لي لكاتبٍ يهودي, لم يرق لي الأمر بدايةً ولكن لعلّه يكون خيراً, ثانياً بالقصة الأولى ! يتحدث عن آلة تعذيب مريعة, تعاقب المجرمين بالكتابة على الجلد المباشر لأجسامهم عبر الإبر إلى أن يؤدي ذلك إلى وفاتهم خلال 12 ساعه!!, ومحتوى القصه السائد هو وصف الظابط للمستكشف عمل الآله وإقناعه أنهُ العمل الأسمى والأفضل للعقاب, مع الذكر إنهم لا يُقاضون المجرمين بما عملوا فقط يُمسكوننهم من تلابيبهم ويُشرعون بالتعذيب!, كانت النهايه
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Aya  Youssef
في مستوطنة العقاب ..حيث الموت البطيء بالتعذيب واجب يتم تنفيذه بكل اقتناع و تفاني باستخدام الآلة المعجزة كما يسميها الضابط و الذي أعجبني جدا(بقدر ما آلمني ) اسهابه في وصف طريقة عملها، جاء شرحه لهذه الطريقة باستمتاع رهيب و تلذذ لا مثيل له ، لافت لي جدا هذا العشق الذي تولد بين الضابط و هذه الآلة التي ينظفها و يعتني بأدق تفاصيلها و ينظر إلى المخطوطات الموضحة لعملها بتقدير و اعتزاز لايمكن تخيل وجود مثله تجاه آله التعذيب حتى الموت هذه
يا الله على كل الانزعاج الذي يبديه الضابط لسير الأمور نحو اعتماد أس
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kranti
really need some kind of genius to write such stuff, its terrific even to think of something like that. this one stands out to be the best of kafka, metamorphosis doesnt really stand anywhere near the sheer pain and contention involved in this masterpiece.
Steven
1 of the sickest stories you'll ever read ... In the Penal Colony incorporates an array of religious, artistic, and philosophical elements.

The story features a worldly explorer to whom some amount of respect and dignity is attached. Upon his visit to the penal colony of an unnamed island, the explorer meets with an officer at the colony’s execution site, directly in front of the execution device, or “apparatus.” The officer, one of the few remaining followers of the old Commandant, has dedicated
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Krvava Meri
V zgodbi oficir tujemu popotniku ponosno razkazuje umetelno dodelan stroj za počasno in spektakularno usmrtitev v kazenski koloniji. Večina zgodbe je napisana v stilu brezčutnega in mehaniziranega poročila o poteku usmrtitve, ki ga preči oficirjevo goreče zagovarjanje dotične metode kaznovanja.
Pretok med različnima stiloma pisanja omogoča opazno razliko, ki zazeva v odnosu človek-stroj-človek. Grozovitost zgodbe je namreč v tem, da fanatično veličanje "življenja" stroja nadvlada pravico sočlove
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Jessica
Still grumbling, I have forced my anthology shut after about the fifth time of stubbornly skimming the pages of this story. Why, Kafka, must your works so flatter the puppeteers of English critics, who jerk and tug the strings of your stories to their arbitrary advantage?

The voyager, the officer, the soldier, the condemned. None of the characters of "In the Penal Colony" have proper names. Are they representative of ideas? Are they figures of undermined identity, implications of the state of the
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Ténzom
The strangest story presented in the most "meh, you know, stuff" manner. That's Kafka, I'm learning. In this short story, a traveler finds himself in the company of an officer who has the task of executing a condemned man, and he has been invited to be a spectator to this occasion. And of course, it is no uncommon execution. A monstrous machine does the task of killing the condemned over a period of 12 hours, within which said condemned person is laid naked between the machine that tattoos his b ...more
Jeanne Danes
Kafka's works illustrate the estrangement and absurdity of German expressionist literature, and like most works of literature, they are better in their original language. What really amazes me is how Kafka works have permeated into modern culture, and so many things are downright kafkaesque. References have even crept into sports, whereby (as part of a spoof) in an attempt to have new fan appreciation days, Kafka Day, would lure fans into a stadium, in which no game would actually be played, an ...more
Lynn
So, here's the story: I want to listen to Frank Zappa's album We're Only In It For The Money, and after checking it out from the library, I leaf through the liner notes to look at the artwork, find out some info about the album, etc. Toward the end of the notes, I find a list, and my curiosity is piqued. It is a list of instructions about how to listen to the album, the first three of which basically say one has to read Kafka's story "In The Penal Colony" ("In der Strafkolonie" auf Deutsch, for ...more
Seb
3.5

I was a little bit disappointed by this story because I had heard so many great things about Kafka's writing. Oh well. I guess it just was not the good story for me to start with? I'm still very interested into reading his other works because something in this story still kind of piqued my curiosity (for instance the indifference of some of the characters to the gruesome things that were described, and the really weird feeling I got when reading). The main problem I had with this is that it s
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TarasProkopyuk
«В исправительной колонии» довольно неоднозначный, свойственен Францу Кафке рассказ.

Всё таки тяжело убедительно и без сомнений понять, что именно этой работой автор пытался сказать, но без сомнения понимания произведения категорически не принимает никакую из приведенных форм ни обвинений и тем более самих наказаний о которых идёт повествование.

Ужасно также и то, что Офицер может восхвалять «убийственную машину», восхищаться ею работой и процессами данной адской машины, при этом не видя всего уж
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