Winter 1948 • Vol. X No. 1 Nonfiction |

Kafka’s Distorted Mask

One need not read very far into The Kafka Problem1 to see how grievously Kafka has suffered at the hands of some of his critics. Mr. Flores has thrown together, unembarrassed by any controlling criterion, a large number of articles, reviews and appreciations of Kafka, of diverse value and gathered from many European languages. A few essays, like that of the French critic Miss Claude-Edmonde Magny, are penetrating studies worthy of their subject. But the problem which most of these pieces raise is as to why the editor should have wanted to rescue them from discreet obscurity. Fortunately, if you want to check for yourself the validity of the various interpretations which have been foisted on Kafka, you are no longer obstructed by the difficulty which has confronted his slowly growing public during the last four or five years. For in the last few months both his German publishers, now established in this country, and his various American publishers, have reprinted—although sometimes

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