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Nobody can escape it. Man remains the battleground of opposing forces, and this is why he roams the vague realms of life and death without being firmly anchored in either. This absurdity is intensified by the highly realistic description of Riva and the factual setting of the opening paragraphs, accenting a total lack of any common frame of reference between the townspeople of — Riva and the newcomer. In sober diction and short punctuated sentences, Kafka enumerates facts which, because of their almost meticulous factuality, stand in eerie contrast to the incredible occurrence itself. This contrast does not merely increase the impact of the story, but it also carries its own logic, in the sense that it reflects the impossibility of penetrating the story rationally. It is of some interest that in a fragment belonging to the story, Kafka argues that Gracchus may be seen as an interpreter between earlier generations and those living today; he can transcend all limits of time and space ordinarily imposed upon a human being.

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Nobody can escape it. Man remains the battleground of opposing forces, and this is why he roams the vague realms of life and death without being firmly anchored in either. This absurdity is intensified by the highly realistic description of Riva and the factual setting of the opening paragraphs, accenting a total lack of any common frame of reference between the townspeople of — Riva and the newcomer.

In sober diction and short punctuated sentences, Kafka enumerates facts which, because of their almost meticulous factuality, stand in eerie contrast to the incredible occurrence itself. This contrast does not merely increase the impact of the story, but it also carries its own logic, in the sense that it reflects the impossibility of penetrating the story rationally. It is of some interest that in a fragment belonging to the story, Kafka argues that Gracchus may be seen as an interpreter between earlier generations and those living today; he can transcend all limits of time and space ordinarily imposed upon a human being.

According to this explanation, the Burgomaster also participates in the timeless, universal quality of the hunter. Who is the hunter Gracchus?

Where is he coming from? His barge was to take him to the realm of the dead, but it got off its course and has been aimlessly roaming the shadowy regions between life and death ever since. Each is anxious to find out something but neither succeeds: the Burgomaster cannot even furnish the stranger with some desperately needed information about the town of Riva. This is, of course, a typical situation in a Kafka story: a complete lack of communication between people, or between worlds.

The question arises: which world does the hunter represent? It is tempting to believe that the regions he comes from are a higher realm of reality, as opposed to the empirical world of Riva which Kafka visited with his friend Brod in In fact, it is the most striking characteristic of the story of the hunter Gracchus that he no longer belongs anywhere, neither in a metaphysical realm nor in an empirical one. This was not always the case: he had been happy as a hunter, following his calling.

He was happy even after he bled to death. Only long afterward did his mishap throw him into this predicament of total estrangement from any sense of belonging. Alienated and excluded from this world and the one beyond, the hunter Gracchus is at home everywhere and nowhere. As a result, the hunter Kafka was incapable of understanding the fixed order of earthly existence. That this human experience retreats even before his literary genius and permits only approximations is to be expected: language is by definition self-restrictive.

In this context, it is important to recall that Kafka himself has done everything, both in his stories and his commentaries on them, to qualify and even retract so-called clear-cut interpretations which he may have advanced or which others may have read into his writing. Naturally his stories are also interpretations and reflections, giving expression to manifold social, psychological, biographical, philosophical, and religious phenomena.

But only up to a point. If interpreting were all he had had in mind, there would have been no need for him to leave his readers wondering about the answers to so many questions.

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He rapped at the house door, at the same time taking his hujter hat from his head with his black-gloved hand. The helmsman came down the stairs, met the gentleman, and led him upstairs. An earlier version of the collection appeared under the title Parables, and included a smaller selection of works. The six-volume set collects many gdacchus the most influential works of the genre. Socialism Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. His stories are known for their surprise endings.

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These people are referred to as slaves. The fundamental error of uhnter onetime death grins at me as I lie in my cabin. Then came the mishap. Views Read Edit View history. He knocked on the door of the house, while at the same time taking off his top hat with his black-gloved right hand. He worked for two years in a sailing ship, deserted in Hong Kong and joined an American sailer in Japan. Roman law Revolvy Brain revolvybrain.

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Compare the "assault from above" and the "assault from below" in "A Hunger Artist. Nobody can escape it. A man may allow himself, it is true, to be driven in one direction by the hunt as does the chief dog, for instance, in "Investigations of a Dog" , but having gone as far as he can, he will have to allow the hunt to drive him in the opposite direction and take him back if he wants to survive. Man remains the battleground of opposing forces, and this is why he roams the vague realms of life and death without being firmly anchored in either. This absurdity is intensified by the highly realistic description of Riva and the factual setting of the opening paragraphs, accenting a total lack of any common frame of reference between the townspeople of — Riva and the newcomer. A touch of uncertainty and mysteriousness hovers over the story: the death ship glides into the harbor "as if" borne by "invisible means"; a man who is "probably dead" was "apparently" lying on a bier.

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