Zaim and Kafka

A couple of weeks ago I thought of Mahsum’s story in Tabutta Rovasata as similar to Woyzeck’s drama: the story of a pitiable man who is driven into crime by his social situation. However I was well aware that Mahsum’s story is much less dramatic and bloody. Nothing happens with a grand gesture. No comedy, indeed, but it has its moments of delicate visual humor.

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Today, while reading Kafka’s Penal Colony, I had a glimpse into some kind of knowledge. The similarity of – what? A tough one to describe, without oversimplifying neither work. First of all there is the conflict with a certain type of authority; authority in both cases is simply there, without any explanation and, it seems, legitimization; the clash with an absurd execution of power. And the surreal effect this clash of the guilty but not responsible individual with a convoluted and erratic authority has on the narrative.

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