“Robinson Crusoe” — Kafka

“Robinson Crusoe” by Franz Kafka:

Had Robinson Crusoe never left the highest, or more correctly the most visible point of his island, from desire for comfort, or timidity, or fear, or ignorance, or longing, he would soon have perished; but since without paying any attention to passing ships and their feeble telescopes he started to explore the whole island and take pleasure in it, he managed to keep himself alive and finally was found after all, by a chain of causality that was, of course, logically inevitable.



2 thoughts on ““Robinson Crusoe” — Kafka”

  1. Is this a stand-alone story? It’s wonderful. Reminds me of the Bernhard’s The Voice Imitator. I’m kind of unfamiliar with Kafka, which is, of course, much to my detriment. What is this from?


    1. It’s a stand-alone, usually collected as part of Kafka’s “Parables”—not really a stable collection, but more a work of editing together lots of his little pieces like this. If you’re unfamiliar to Kafka, any collection of his “complete” (no such thing, but) stories and parables is a great start—lots of little, fragmentary thoughts, parables, jokes, etc.


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