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اثر فرانتس کافکا از انتشارات اشاره - مترجم: کامل روزدار-ادبیات آلمان

The unnamed narrator, a dog, recounts a number of episodes from its past, in which it used quasi-scientific and rational methods to resolve basic questions of its existence that most of its peers were content to leave unanswered, such as: Whence does the Earth procure its food?.[2] Many of the seemingly absurd descriptions employed by the narrator express its misapprehension or confusion about the world, centering on dogkinds apparent inability to realize (or, some passages suggest, unwillingness to acknowledge) the existence of their human masters.


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This was a confusing mess but I loved every minute of it. I didnt understand it and Im not going to pretend I did. It was intimate in a way that feels very familiar yet rare. I felt like I was inside someones internal monologue, but more like a dream - softened at the edges, a vignette. It was like reading it let me in on some great secret of humanitys nature. It was a quick read with many clever snippets Ive added below, in the order in which they appear in the story. Its something Ill probably revisit and gain more from the second time around.






How could I have forced my way through to the calm with which I observe the terrors of my youth and bear the terrors of my seniority; how could I ever have learned to draw the correct conclusions from my admittedly unhappy or, putting it more cautiously, not so terribly happy constitution and live almost entirely by their light?

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We are impelled to be together, and nothing can prevent us from satisfying that urge; all our laws and institutions… they all go back to the greatest happiness that exists for us, our warm companionableness.

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Why do I not do as others do, live in harmony with my people, and accept in silence what disturbs the harmony, ignore it like a small error in a large reckoning, and keep my eye on the thing that links us happily together, not that which repeatedly and irresistibly rips us out of our community.

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The happy life of young dogs, that some are able to stretch out over many years, in my case was over in a matter of months. Well, never mind! There are more important things than childhood. And perhaps old age, worked over the course of a hard life, will offer me more in the way of childish happiness than an actual child would have the strength to endure, though I now will.

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For what is there apart from dogs? To whom else can one appeal in an otherwise empty world?

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If only they didn’t know so infinitely more than they admit, even to themselves.

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With my questions I am only chasing myself, driving myself on with the silence that is the only answer I get from all around me.

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We resist all questions, even our own, being the barricade of silence that we are.

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Premature independence is inimical to the systematic acquisition of knowledge.

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One begins, and of course will never get beyond the beginning. But it’s something – a beginning. The truth may not appear – one won’t get that far – but at least something of the deeply rooted nature of the lie. All the nonsensical aspects of life, most especially the most nonsensical ones, allow themselves to be justified.

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But the outward appearance is strong – one may seek to outwit it, but it mocks all our attempts.

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And all this effort – to what end? Only to bury yourself so deeply in silence that no one will ever be able to pull you out of it.

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Every now and again we hear a promising word, and it’s almost enough to get us to leap up, if it wasn’t that we felt the burden of the centuries weighing us down.

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I can understand our hesitation; in fact it’s no longer just hesitation, it’s the forgetting of a dream dreamed and forgotten for the first time a thousand nights ago. Who would hold it against us that we have forgotten it for the thousandth time?

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Agreement is our best defence.

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Science cast a kindly eye on me, it promised it would get to work on the interpretation of my findings, and that promise to me was fulfilment itself.

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Running right through the pain was a kind of temptation, and I followed its trail, as if lusting after an unknown scent.

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An ultimate science – has led me to esteem freedom more highly than anything else. Freedom! Freedom as it’s on offer to us today is a wretched weed. But it’s freedom of a kind, something to possess.


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Reading this story I soon realised I just had to go with it. For Kafka it was the middle of the night, he was half out of his mind with exhaustion and didn’t care about making nice stories for publication. He wanted to explore, to cast off the waking world’s shackles on his thinking. This morning, with the sun shining in a sky scattered with fair weather cloud, I read about Kafka’s shattering nocturnal writing schedule. He truly worked himself to the edge of breakdown. The purity of his endeavour was almost inhuman. In fact, in Investigations of a Dog, Kafka tries to get beyond his identity as a human. He imagines himself as a dog thinking about the world. Dogs, like people, are pack animals and don’t like to think about things in ways the pack does not approve of. It can be almost impossible to see beyond what the pack assumes. So a truth-seeking dog isolates himself, which is not good for him. There he is on his own, trying to see past what he is supposed to see. We follow him on his researches, where any truths revealed come to us obliquely via a dog’s often comic misapprehensions.

I think to enjoy Investigations of a Dog you will have to accept that this won’t be a normal short story. It’s a Kafka story, written on his own terms. You don’t have to stay up all night and work the next day, but there has to be a willingness to accept Kafka’s uncompromising world, even if it’s just a peek in through the door of his study before going to bed. He is keeping the night watch so you don’t have to.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
After recently reading work my Sartre, I find some of Kafkas work with similar motifs but far more subtle and easy to access,

This book is just a pleasant read as it comes from the perspective of a seemingly intellectual dog that discusses his scientific process and so forth and how he learns about the world around him. Some explanations I found confusing but I think that is the point, in that the dog/observer isnt drawing the correct conclusion. Much of his life is based around essentially ritual and pseudoscience cause and effect where there is no correlation.
The metaphor of a learned senior dog is astute in assessing how people interact with their existences. Particularly moreso now, when the main objective of existence seems to be acceptance and not questioning the status quo. So much goes on in these few pages. Although I feel Kafka isnt calling into question what we know, he is illustrating how many exist accepting what is told to them, and are driven by impulse which is leading to the reduction of actual knowledge.
I dont even know, I need to reread and discuss with someone.

Writing from a perspective so different and yet so relatable in an immersive universe makes for Kafka to be a cracking read and worthwhile to all

مشاهده لینک اصلی
“I was running around, telling people, asking questions, making accusations, investigating and wanting to drag anyone at all off to the place where it all happened, to show everyone where I had stood....”

Investigations of a Dog by Franz Kafka was first written in 1922 and published posthumously in 1931.
Told from the perspective of a dog, the short story concerns the nature and limits of knowledge.

The unnamed narrator, with a thirst for knowledge recounts a number of incidents from its past, asking basic questions of its existence and practices of his culture that most of its peers were content to leave unanswered (or unheard), and forcing him out of the “social circle”.

I have to admit this was my first introduction to the author, and a rather interesting one. I really liked the theme and the perspective this was written with!
I was a little confused with certain parts and I might go over them again but overall this was such a different read!

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 and do recommend it.
Also if you’re looking for books with unusual narrators, this one makes a good read!

مشاهده لینک اصلی
I was not much looking forward to the fourteenth Penguin Modern, Franz Kafkas Investigations of a Dog. I am not a fan of The Metamorphosis, and have not enjoyed the short fiction of his which I have read thus far. I am also far more a cat person than a dog one. However, I tried to go into this with an open mind. The blurb states that in this playful and enigmatic story of a canine philosopher, Kafka explores the limits of knowledge. The story was originally written in 1922, and published posthumously in 1931.

Investigations of a Dog is told from the imagined perspective of a canine who has, it must be said, rather an impressive vocabulary. Whilst intrigued by the style of the story, it did not capture my attention as I was unable to suspend my disbelief enough. Investigations of a Dog is well written, but it was simply not enjoyable for me in terms of its subject matter. I also found it rather meandering as it went on. I may try another of Kafkas books in future, but at present, I am of the opinion that he is not an author for me.

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