Abstract: This article is an analysis of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’s short text “Kafka and His Precursors.” Although appearing to be an example of literary . Jorge Luis Borges – Kafka and His Precursors. Link to an essay by Jorge Luis Borges (translated by James E. Irby). “Kafka and His Precursors”. Everything and nothing: On Jorge Luis Borges’s “Kafka and His Precursors”. Romance Quarterly 57 (2)

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precudsors The first is Zeno’s paradox against movement. But this animal does not figure among the domestic beasts, it is not always easy to find, it does not lend itself to classification. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Then someone places these traits in doubt and the handwriting experts declare that the letters are apocryphal.

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September 5, at Here, these opening lines anticipate the central problematic of the essay itself, which is about the ways in which texts are related and how strange fissures or reversals upset linear temporality, just as it in turn makes or unmakes its point through performance as much as through argument or exposition: Irby I once premeditated making a study of Kafka’s precursors. In short, the text that we have here is perhaps triply parasitic, or three-times removed from its ostensible object: This story is, as one can easily see, the strict reverse of the previous one; in the first, the city is never left; in the second, it is never reached.


The man asks, in the last line: The spiritual affinity of both writers is something of which no one is ignorant; what has not yet been brought out, as far as I know, is the fact that Kierkegaard, like Kafka, wrote many religious parables on contemporary and bourgeois themes.

This second fact is more significant. But Borges also suggests that such apparent oddities or impossibilities are remarkably common, even quotidian: I shall record a few of these here, in chronological order.

Twitter Facebook Google Print. The fourth of these prefigurations I have found is Browning’s poem “Fears and Scruples,” published This is the paragraph, mysterious and calm, which I marked: Lowrie, in his “Kierkegaard” Oxford University Press,transcribes two of these.

The early Kafka of precutsors is less a precursor of the Kafka of somber myths and atrocious institutions than is Browning or Lord Dunsany. One is the story of a counterfeiter who, under constant surveillance, counts banknotes in the Bank of England; in the same way, God would distrust Kierkegaard snd have given him a task to perform, precisely because He knew that he was familiar with evil.

Email required Address never made public. This strange invocation of legal discourse might suggest that some wrong-doing is afoot, or that we are hearing some kind of confession.

He has never seen this preursors and the fact is that the friend has so far never helped him, although tales are told of his most noble traits and authentic letters of his circulate about.

They provide a more rational justification for my instinctive mistrust of such developments beyond my own technophobia.


Jorge Luis Borges – Kafka and His Precursors

September 4, at 7: Notify me of new posts via email. Danish ministers had declared from their pulpits that participation in these expeditions was beneficial to precuesors soul’s eternal well-being.

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Kafka and His Precursors – The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

But this then leaves us asking ourselves about the status of the text that we have before us, which as the title promises and as further readings confirms turns out to concern precisely the topic of the projected but unwritten or abandoned study: Even children and village women know that a unicorn prdcursors a favorable presage. It is universally admitted that the unicorn is a supernatural being of good omen; such is declared in all the odes, annals, biographies of illustrious men and other texts whose authority is unquestionable.

The subject of the other parable is the North Pole expeditions.

It is also strangely located in time: A moving object at A declares Aristotle cannot reach point B, because it must first cover half the distance between two points, and before that, half of the half, and before that, half of the half of the half, and so on to infinity; the form of this illustrious problem is, exactly, that of “The Castle”, and the moving object and the arrow and Achilles are the bprges Kafkian characters in literature.