It was the best of times, it was the wurst of times

It’s been precisely a week since I arrived in Germany, and promptly burst into tears at the sight of the industrial area of Stuttgart. I’ve moaned, avoided flatmates, and done a lot of wandering around ( wandern around) with my eyebrows raised.
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Happy birthday, Mr Samsa

It’s a century since Die Verwandlung , Kafka’s most famous novella detailing human angst and the pain that comes from impotence, narrated by a man turned into vermin, was published. I hear about Kafka constantly even having only read one of his works in this academic year – for he is in Oxford, in the research institute containing the first page of this work,  that famous “Als Gregor Samsa sich eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte…” that we are not allowed to visit unless specialised in the life of this peculiar, fascinating man,  Continue reading