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The Bridge

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I was stiff and cold, I was a bridge, I lay over a ravine. My toes on one side, my fingers clutching the other, I had clamped myself fast into the crumbling clay.
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published January 13th 1987 by Schocken
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Ibrahim Saad
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was ok

I shuddered with wild pain, not knowing what was happening. Who was it? A child? A dream? A wayfarer? A suicide? A tempter? A destroyer?... And I turned so as to see him. A bridge to turn around! I had not yet turned quiet around when I already began to fall, I fell and in a moment I was torn and transpierced by the sharp rocks which had always gazed up at me so peacefully from the rushing water.

Moataz Ibrahim
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Kafka is, unquestionably, one of the most exquisite writers in the field of vague writings. But for some reason, I just couldn't get around this one. Perhaps I will read it again and try to think it through a bit more.
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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This short story reminded me of one of Kafka's sayings. "In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world".
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not the smartest tool in the shed....but I can't say I totally saw the theme here. I believe Kafka's theme is that pressure can cause us to crack and ultimately collapse. Man is a bridge and the weight of others on the back and head can ultimately lead to washing up on the rocks. Just a theory

Granted I read this in four minutes. Franz-kly, I expected there to be more here. When I finished up Amsterdam from NY-Secaucus tonight on the train, I thought I'd start the book on my second leg. Start
Die Stütze sein, auf die sich die anderen stützen, dich womöglich ausnutzen, einzigartig sein und dann doch wegen konventionellen Pflichten in sich hineinstürzen, isoliert von der misstrauisch erscheinenden Fremdlichkeit.
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Franz Kafka 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 literature.

His stories include The Metamorpho
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