Kafka For Kwanzaa

This isn’t really Kafka for Kwanzaa. It’s just Kafka … a good animated 21-minute interpretation of the short story A Country Doctor by Koji Yamamura (and, well, it’s Kwanzaa, and I like the way “Kafka for Kwanzaa” sounds).

I’ll never presume to know what motivated Franz Kafka to write any of his great works, but if I were to imagine an answer, I’d guess that A Country Doctor was his attempt at capturing the slippery logic of an unsettling dream state in all its richness and moral complexity. There’s plenty of guilt, self-hatred, rage and sexual jealousy to go around, and it’s damn cold out, and the kid isn’t really even sick … or is he? Well, there it is … Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Kafka.

More information about this animated movie can be found at Open Culture.

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