“Kafka in a Skirt: Stories from the Wall” – by Daniel Chacón

Daniel Chacón begins his latest collection of short stories with a metafictional device. He tells us how to read the book. We can read the stories in order or skip around, following themes. The device is borrowed from Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela (translated as Hopscotch), a masterpiece in 155 chapters, the final 99 of which can…

Kafka the video game

Kafka, the crown prince of existential despair, is to be the inspiration for a video game. What next? The Sylvia Plath Joke Book? Samuel Beckett Party Hats? In this game, the player must escape from melancholy scenes and surreal traps which mimic the confinements in Kafka’s novels The Castle and Metamorphosis. What larks! It’s been…