Kafka’s In the Penal Colony

Few works of twentieth century fiction capture the spirit of Fin de siecle Europe and the ominous tensions within the Western civilization of that time than Franz Kafka’s 1919 story ‘In the Penal Colony.’ That work is equal parts a reprimand of the European colonial experience, a metaphysical reflection on justice, and an existential struggle with the disappearance of God. 

The short film below is an admirable appropriation of the story. 


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