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Kafka on our shores

A three-day festival highlights the famed author's work

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It’s hard to find a writer who isn’t influenced by Franz Kafka. The Metamorphosis stirred late Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez to start writing short stories. 

The Goethe Institute in Bangkok will host a three-day Kafka Festival on the 90th anniversary of writer’s death, starting today. There may have never been a more appropriate time to examine the world through Kafka’s lens. His name has infiltrated the English language in a way that perhaps only Orwell has.

The current condition of Thai society, in fact, may be more Kafkaesque than Orwellian, the authority of the coup-makers over the people more metaphysically disorientating than the Ministry of Peace’s brutal Stalinist control and surveillance. Our situation is tragicomic in the vein of Kafka’s work.

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