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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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Sidharth Vardhan
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
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Shelby
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
the day I read this story, it was part of a jeopardy question. and on top of that, none of the contestants knew that Kafka was the author.
Bruce
May 21, 2013 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
Hossein Sharifi
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER ALERT:

خلاصه ی داستان:
داستان در شبی سرد زمستانی، با پزشکی که می خواهد به دیدن مریض بدحالی برود آغاز میشود. قبل از حرکت یک سری مشکلات برایش رخ می دهد. اول از همه در شب قبل اسب هایش مرده اند و حال کسی در دهکده نیست که اسبی به او قرض دهد. دکتر عصبانی در آغلی را با لگد باز میکند و با مردی غربیه مواجه می شود. این مرد عجیب به پزشک دو اسب و یک گاری می دهد و بعد سر به سر خدمتکار دهکده می گذارد. پزشک می داند که باید چیزی گفته و خدمتکار را از دست آن مرد برهاند ولی احساس می کند که به آن مرد غریبه ب
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Cecily
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.

The New Advocate

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
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Sara Kamjou
«نسخه نوشتن آسان است، همدلی داشتن با مردم سخت است.»
zhikan(ژیکان)
داستان شبیه به کابوس بود.
Hilâl
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kafka okumaya geçen sene Dönüşüm'le başlamıştım. Çok da beğenmiştim. Bu öykü derlemesini hiç bilmiyordum ama. Derlemeye adını veren Bir Köy Hekimi'nin 20 dakikalık bir anime filmi var, onunla keşfettim bu derlemeyi de zaten.

Anime filmini anlamadığımı düşünüyordum ki derleme daha anlaşılmazdı. Film anime dünyasında izlediğim en sürrealisttik şeylerden biriydi ve işleme şekli de keza öyleydi. Yine de sevilesiydi ve merak uyandırıcıydı. Derlemenin genelinde de öne çıktı benim için o öykü.

Diğerlerin
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Wael S
Dec 06, 2012 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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
پزشک دهکده
Barışcan Bozkurt
Tek bir öykünü arıyorum, içinde ufak da olsa bir umut olan tek bir öykü.
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
Prashant
Apr 20, 2012 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
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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
Mohamad
May 13, 2016 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
Dan
Jan 07, 2010 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.
Amene
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
کتاب مجوعه ای از قطعات ادبی است تا داستان کوتاه. قطعه ی آخر و قتل برادر را بیشتر از بقیه دوست داشتم قطعه یا داستان آخر گزارش برای اعضای آکادمی نام داشت که نمادین و سمبلیک در باب عدم درک نوشته های کافکا در زمان خودش است.
Samuel Mustri
Jun 09, 2012 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
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Ariya
Mar 21, 2015 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
Nazish
Apr 21, 2013 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.
Joe
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Short story readers
Shelves: classic, short-story
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.
lnz
Apr 27, 2014 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
Rezvan
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Assia  Mohdeb
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To be quite honest, I think that there isn't (and there will never be) the right way to explain Kafka's stories, but I will try to give my explanation of it : well, I think it is a dream of an over frustrated old doctor who went through many stressful things during his life, due to his profession. In addition, it criticizes those people who think they are better acquainted in some things then the real 'doctors'. That is why he thinks he's fooled. Perhaps many people asked him for help when it wa ...more
Mariam
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
well, I don't think I'd rate anything by Kafka less than five stars, actually I can't help it I am in love with this wretched man and his masterpieces
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
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Prakash Waka
Another book by Kafka, another disappointment.
I am beginning to be convinced that Kafka's stories are meaningless and nonsensical and that his notoriety comes from people who, in front of this lack of sens, cry out to genius in front of what they do not understand (since there is nothing to understand) and who thus try to find a meaning to this web of nonsense, going way too far in this process. Either that or I missed it again.

Among the short stories in this collection, the only ones I found no
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sareh  amini
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
اولین بار وقتی داستان "پزشک دهکده" را می خوانیم از نحوه ارائه آن گیج می شویم.عمل داستانی سربسته و مبهم است.رفتار آدم های داستان به نظر عجیب می آیدو حوادث داستان کاملا متفاوت با اغلب داستان هایی است که خوانده ایم. دکتر ، شخصیت اصلی داستان ، بعدازآنکه به چشم خریداری به کلفتش نگاه می کند، دستخوش هیجان های غریبی می شود و به دنبال آن حوادث اتفاق می افتدودکتر در خوکدانی رابا لگد باز می کند و مهترآزاد می شودو به دختر تجاوز می کنددر واقع با سر رشته ای که کافکا به دست داده ، مهترمی تواند نماد میلسرکوفته ...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
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His stories include The Metamorpho
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“Thin, without fever, not cold, not warm, with empty eyes, without a shirt, the young man under the stuffed quilt heaves himself up, hangs around my throat and whispers in my ear, "Doctor, let me die.” 9 likes
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