The Burrow” (German: “Der Bau”) is an unfinished short story by Franz Kafka in which a mole-like being burrows through an elaborate system of tunnels it has. EVERY READER of “The Burrow” who is even moderately familiar with Kafka’s life and work cannot fail to be struck by the realization that there is an intimate. Franz Kafka wrote continuously and furiously throughout his short and . “The Burrow” and “The Great Wall of China” belong at the summit of Kafka’s oeuvre;.

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Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka’s work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.

Perhaps then the burrow is not an attempt at escaping from reality, but from the nightmare of our consciousness—to guard against not just others but ourselves. Of course, that is deceptive.

The story has great potentials to be a reference for many architectural ideas. The creature is rarely able to afford the luxury of lowering his gaze from the need to survive, but when he does the only ‘frivolous’ thoughts he allows himself are feanz upon frazn spaces he has created and their silence which is pleasing to him.

My personal experience aligns well with it, th I was enticed by the setting even before I started. Well, it is not that the next one is stranger than the last, but rather that are all on the same level of strangeness.

Everything I leave behind me I thought that this fear is also coming from our deepest fear of death, which power is unquestionable and beyond doubt more powerful of our constructions.


Kafka usually gives very precise descriptions of the movements and gestures of his characters. Anyway, the narrator, who appears to be a burrowing mammal of some sort, spends the entire story telling us about its burrow. Aug 09, Roderick rated it liked it Shelves: A muddy hole in the ground becomes a great castle 30 June The more of Kafka’s stories that I read the stranger they seem to kafma.

Now, after all these years I still feel the “burrow creature” experience- it was so heavy. Other jafka of his personality and writing could be achieved by his “articles” no need for all these stories which i read most of them as a literature articles where the idea and symbols are more important than the art of writing itself which he master in the mentioned two works.

The paranoia is reminiscent of Pynchon, and the endless chains of logic that lead nowhere reminds me of Borges. Its lifestyle display such a strong sense of solitude that, even though never clarified, it is easy to assume that it is the only member of its species.

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Sep 24, Siewjye Chow rated it really liked it Shelves: The story ends with the creature convinced a giant predator is closing in on him and his home, and his extreme anxiety about such an attack.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is outside all possibilities of naming and comprehension, and its inability to be contained within the alternatives of man and beast puts it in the perimeter of any shared human Symbolic Order. The protagonist has lived in isolation with his thoughts all burroww life, and no one thd or cares about his existence.


The Burrow

As his fellow countryman Milan Kundera said: The Burrow by Franz Kafka. Jun 12, Andrew added it. It’s peculiar, strange and cute. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Burrow by Franz Kafka

frana The creature straightaway birrow a familiarity with you, his audience, and equally from the off, a note of self-deprecation confidently expresses itself. Of course it cannot last and he ends up listening at his walls to a distant sound, a form of whistle perhaps, made by a slowly approaching destroyer. I started drawing a 2D of the experience. I have to admit though that while I was reading it, I had the impression that describes mostly our lives. I guess that is what comes from somebody who has spent a bulk of his life working in the 19th Century version of Workcover.

Jun 02, Hasan rated it liked it Shelves: The impending doom is indistinguishable from the impending mortality all organisms enjoy. What this creature is describing is effectively ‘the basics’ of every creature’s life, including the human, and though he clearly rises some little way above the fundamentals of existence, it isn’t by much.

The sound which this creature is straining to follow, left unexplained; and the creature’s predicament left ongoing. The entire piece has little to no action and is all internal monologue. The whistle or the blow that Kafka mentions is the constant fear, in my opinion, that something is wrong in ourselves and we constantly fight against it.