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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The Burrow

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. One of the most tedious stories I’ve ever read. Nevertheless, a must read. It is comprised on stories of over 20 pages as well as some which are only a paragraph kagka length.

The Burrow (short story)

To ask other readers questions about The Burrowplease sign up. Mar 09, Elias Vasilis Kontaxakis rated it it was amazing. Yet we, the reader, know that it is little more than a hole in the ground. Familiarly he addresses his audience – ‘But you do not know me if you think I am. It rationalizes its every action maybe not always convinces the reader but ultimately the whole story r a survey rather than a review, so SPOILERS The narrator of the story is a mole-like creature that has acquired the gift of speech, or at least the gift of telling its own story in the written form, and can even said to be over-articulate.


It also, just like a human being, struggles with keeping up with his practice of becoming human. The story has great potentials to be a reference for many architectural ideas. At any moment it may be shattered and then all will be over.

And there’s something else kfka interests some of us no doubt, and that is the creature’s ‘voice’. For instance, the main room is referred to as the ‘Great Castle’, while in reality it is just a muddy hole in the ground. His foreword is great, too, short but suggestive.

In this way, perfectly Kafkaesque, salvation is denied to us. The Burrow was the first book I read for Kafka in when I was studying architecture.

There is an instant, where, it is doting over its treasure that is largely made up of food and akfka loses itself in a binge eating episode. Now, after all these years I still feel the “burrow creature” experience- it was so heavy. Well, it is not that the next one is stranger than the last, but rather that are all on the same level of strangeness.

Pa je bar to ok. And again the Kafka traits are there in place.

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And that, pretty much, is his life. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Oct 27, Talvez Kaffka grew up in a hostile jungle until one day he decided to dig an underground borrow as his home. The question still remains of how we moles, living painfully in the jungle, can find our peace of mind. Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod: The mole earns his home through hard work and intelligence, and has a right to peace, but the knowledge of impending reality prevents him from enjoying it.


The very lack of conclusion seems often to be the point. Because of these and other reasons I fraz have loved The Burrow regardless of its literary merit; lucky for me it also happens to be amazing.

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Analytical, thorough, going back and forth to find the best way to resolve his deepest fears and worries. The narrator also goes into intricate detail on how it stores its food, and also tells us about the beast that lurks nearby though we don’t know what the beast is, just that it is a beast. Feb 23, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves: The initial predicament right from the off, and from which everything else follows.

In a way it is our perception of something that counts, and not somebody else’s, and the only reason that they may be suggesting burgow it is anything but is because they are jealous or envious of maybe, not so much the burrow, but the owner’s happiness in inhabiting the burrow.