What does Kafkaesque mean?

The term kafkaesque is literary description of a work that has a similar feel to that of a work by the writer Franz Kafka. His works give the reader a surreal feeling of subtle terror. He does this by throwing his characters into situations where they are confronted with unacceptable or unreasonable circumstances. The reader is forced to accept the unacceptable because of the nonchalant way the characters including even the protagonist accept the situation. For instance being transformed overnight with no explanation into a giant bug. Or being placed under arrest but refused the right to know under what charge or who is bringing the charge against you. 

I’ll give an example of a situation that actually happened to me that I could only describe as kafkaesque. A friend and I were walking down the street talking when suddenly a conversation from some elderly people in his tribal dialect caught his attention. He stopped and said something doesn’t smell right. All at once police officers dressed in black with the words, “NATIONAL SECURITY” displayed on their backs appeared on every corner. They immediately began arresting people. My friend had his umbrella up to protect us from the sun so he instinctively covered my face with it and told me to act calm. I should probably take a moment and explain my situation. As an American my documents are in order. Americans are welcome in the country and viewed highly by the authorities. But you see I am an African American which is rare in this country. When the police look at me they see an African foreigner from a neighboring country. This means I have no rights. They can rough me up all they like and ask questions later. At the end of the day when they realize I’m an American they’ll have to let me go. But what I’ll have to endure before they come to that realization is unpleasant. It’s easier just to run and hide along with the other undocumented foreigners. I never imagined I would be facing this kind of reverse racism when I decided to come to Africa. Anyways…Back to the story. While the police arrested a man right in front of us my friend calmly pulled me into a store to by a can of soda. He conversed nonchalantly with the store owner even laughing. I of course tried to be very calm on the outside though I was bugging out on the inside. In fact I noticed everyone was very calm except for the people being arrested. Once they had on the handcuffs they too were resigned to the situation and became calm. At this point I felt like a character in a Franz Kafka book. Though police were everywhere we ducked out of the store and into an alley. My friend spoke loudly to me in his tribal dialect to throw off the officers. We entered a small section of woods, crossed a river and discovered suddenly that their were officers searching through the woods. We quickly exited and ascended towards a main road. But as we got there an armored truck full of military personnel was driving by. They passed us but then suddenly stopped and began to reverse the vehicle. Again my friend instinctively blocked my face with his umbrella but this time he simultaneously hailed a taxi. As we sped off I could see the soldiers peering into the taxi to see if it carried any foreigners. However they didn’t bother to stop us because there was plenty of low hanging fruit surrounding them. The taxi dropped us off in an isolated neighborhood where we could visit another friend until the invasion was ended. I was agitated for the rest of the night but my friends were indifferent. They soon seemed to have forgotten that we were just running from the police. By the time we returned home it was dark out. The foreigners were back on the streets laughing and talking as if nothing had even happened. To me, describing the events of this day is the best way I can think of to answer the question: “What does kafkaesque mean?

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Pride & Humiliation

The other day my friends and I were in the mood for some freshly made Churros loaded with sugar. So we piled into a car and headed to the Churro spot. We fought our way through African traffic only to find that the freshly prepared Churros we were hoping for were all gone. To not have driven all that way for nothing we settled for what was left.While I waited in the car for the Churros something disturbing happened. A military truck full of soldiers swerved to hit a cat that was trying to cross the road. They clipped its head with the tires of the truck. It looked as if was just injured and could shake off the incident and keep running. Then I noticed the small puddle of blood on the street by the cats head. His body attempted to pick itself up but his limbs wouldn’t cooperate. Suddenly his body began convulsing. I wanted to look away but for some reason I couldn’t take my eyes off the cat. I wasn’t the only one either. A small crowd began to form to witness the animal’s slow death. The experience left me a little shaken and I debated on whether or not to include it in this post. I decided to include it because the ominous feeling it left me with accurately foreshadowed the event that was about to take place.

After purchasing our stale Churros we headed home. Before I explain what happened on the way home, first I think you need to understand the traffic situation in our country. Unlike America where stop signs, traffic lights and one way signs are seen as nonnegotiable commands here they’re viewed as suggestions. If you complain at someone for blocking your path by coming up the wrong way on a one way street instead of apologizing they argue back. “This road is new. We don’t have to respect the signs yet!” The police are more concerned with shaking people down for money than monitoring traffic violations. Also depending on what car you drive you may not have the same rights as others. For instance it’s common to see brand new cars and SUVs stopping traffic to carry on conversations. Or honking their horns and speeding past all of the older cars as if the road belongs to them. The car most looked down upon is the taxi. It is seen as the cockroach of the road. My friend by the way is a taxi driver.

We were headed home when we noticed one of those brand new SUVs parked in the middle of the road in front of a bar. The car wasn’t blocking our side but in order to pass it the other cars needed to enter our lane. We had the right of way being that it was our lane but as we tried to pass, another car entered our lane and pulled up to our front bumper. It was an obvious act of disrespect. He wanted us to back up and let him pass. As I sat there waiting to see who would back down first a soldier came out of the bar and walked up to our window. He warned us that we should back up because the person who wanted to pass was a lieutenant. Swallowing his pride my friend backed his car up onto the curb even though he had the right of way. This however wasn’t enough for the lieutenant. He needed to express his dominance further. Even though he now had enough room to pass he began honking his horn to demand the taxi move back further. This was too much. My friend stood his ground as the lieutenant finally began to pass. The lieutenant paused to give my friend a challenging glare. Again my friend stood his ground and stared back. The lieutenant asked him if he’s sure he knows how to face serious problems? This was a not so veiled threat. My friend displayed humility but the pride of the lieutenant demanded an act of humiliation. My question to you is what would you have done?

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WHO IS METAPHYSICAL MAN ?

Who is Metaphysical Man ???

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Voltaire

“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices”

– Voltaire

“So, you must be Christopher. I have been looking forward to meeting you. My name is Niccolo,” said the large tomcat whose presence commanded the room. “Forgive the manners of my comrades. They are very cautious because one can never be too careful these days especially with strangers, if you know what I mean?” I did not know what he meant but I nodded in approval just the same. Rizzo said, “Christopher has come to speak to Socrates.” Without even looking at Rizzo Niccolo responded, “One doesn’t come to see Socrates. One is summoned by Socrates.”…

Excerpt From: “Breed The Secret Design To Maintain Racial Inequality Among The Despised Classes” by William Chasterson.

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Exclusive Interview with William Chasterson by Metaphysical Man !!!

MM: Thank You for taking the time to sit down with me for this interview mr. Chasterson.

WC: Call me William. It’s my pleasure. It’s not everyday one gets interviewed by a real superhero.

MM: William I first want to address a recent controversy regarding your blog. Some readers were offended by some of the quotes you posted from historical figures who have communistic or national socialist ideologies. Are you a Communist or Nazi?

WC: No. Communists, Nazis, and for that matter even Democrats and Republicans all have one thing in common, and that is a firm belief in man’s ability to rule himself. I do not have this faith. I believe that if man could successfully rule himself it would have been conclusively proven over the past thousands of years of human history. Despite great advances in technology man has only found more effective ways to exploit and destroy one another. I do not believe in the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche or Karl Marx.

MM: Then why did you post their quotes?

WC: What I posted were excerpts from my new book ‘Breed the secret design to maintain racial inequality among the despised classes’. The quotes are actually chapter titles in my book. Like most books the chapter title gives a clue as to what is about to take place in the story. The same is true of my book. My book is fiction. I challenge anyone who has actually read my book to present me with evidence that I am advocating racial superiority or any other catylist for human suffering.

MM: In order to take you up on that challenge wouldn’t it be at their own cost? Your book is not free.

WC: Actually for the month of September I am offering ‘Breed the secret design to maintain racial inequality among the despised classes’ for free. Anyone who wants can download a free copy from the smashwords website using the coupon code found on the homepage of my blog williamchasterson.wordpress.com. Judge for yourself the content of my book at no personal cost.

MM: That sounds like a fair deal. What’s next for William Chasterson?

WC: As you know I’m working on a project that includes yourself and examines how modern man views himself in contrast to others.

MM: When can we expect to see this project released?

WC: It’s due to be released the summer of 2015

MM: Thanks again for taking the time to be interviewed.

WC: Thank you for taking time off of fighting crime to conduct this interview.

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Leon Trotsky

“You may not be interested in war but war is interested in you.”

– Leon Trotsky

 

“I walked deeper into the woods, as I heard my abductor approaching. She was relentless. No matter how far in I traveled, when I stopped for a moment I could hear her footsteps pursuing me. Finally I decided to break into a gallop. I would run fast and hard until I was sure she had turned back. So I ran for what seemed to be ages. I didn’t know where I was going I just knew I had to keep running. After I felt I had run a great distance, I began to feel safe from my pursuer. “She surely must have turn back by now. I have penetrated too far into this unknown area.” As the realization of how far I had penetrated began to sink into my mind, a new feeling emerged. The feeling of safety for having escaped capture quickly began to be replaced with feelings of insecurity. I stopped and hid behind a large tree. “I must listen to confirm that I am safe,” I decided. My ears moved slightly and adjusted to take in my new environment. I listened but all was silent in the direction of my pursuer. Gradually my ears began twitching and were drawn in the opposite direction. I could hear faint voices. I began walking toward these voices and as I did they became louder. It sounded almost like shouting but it was not quite shouting. As I continued to walk toward the voice I could here it distinctly now. The voice said,…..

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