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En la colonia penitenciaria (In the Penal Colony) Audiobook (Unabridged)

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Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)

Franz Kafka nació en Praga el 3 de Julio de 1883, en el seno de una acomodada familia de comerciantes judíos de lengua alemana. A los 23 años se doctoró en derecho. Al año siguiente padeció los primeros síntomas de tuberculosis. A pesar de la enfermedad, de la hostilidad de su familia hacia su vocación literaria, de sus cinco tentativas matrimoniales frustradas y de su empleo de burócrata en una compañía de seguros, Franz Kafka se dedicó intensamente a la literatura.

Su escritura se caracteriza por una síntesis entre el absurdo, la ironía y la lucidez. Un mundo de sueños que, paradójicamente, describe con un realismo minucioso. Kafka sólo publicó, en vida, algunas historias cortas. Su obra pasó casi inadvertida. Ella nos ha llegado en contra de su voluntad, pues ordenó a su íntimo amigo y albacea literario Max Brod que, a su muerte, quemara todos sus manuscritos. Gracias a que Brod no obedeció la orden, se salvó una de las cumbres de la literatura alemana. Su originalidad y el inmenso valor literario de su obra le han valido una posición privilegiada, casi mítica, en la literatura contemporánea. Kafka murió cerca de Viena a los 40 años, el 3 de junio de 1924, víctima de la tuberculosis. La colonia penitenciariaUn explorador extranjero es invitado a presenciar una ejecución en una colonia penitenciaria. El método que aplican para la pena de muerte es tan peculiar como cruel y sádico. Un oficial, ferviente partidario de este procedimiento, se encarga de explicar su funcionamiento y defender su utilización ante el viajero. El explorador se sorprende ante la injusticia del caso y la crueldad del método, pero no se decide a intervenir. El oficial pretende ganarse el apoyo del extranjero y lo instiga a que manifieste su opinión. En este relato descarnado Kafka trata el fanatismo militar, la subjetividad de la justicia y el honor, así como el dilema moral de escoger entre lo que debemos hacer... Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Chaundra | 2/15/2014

    " Another fantastic (both in terms of fantastical and great) short story from Kafka. Brilliantly told and simultaneously begs the question of cultural relevance, universal values, diplomacy, justice and the idea of punishment. Great, great work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Katherine Orr | 2/7/2014

    " I like The Metamorphosis so much in high school my teacher suggested I read more Kafka short stories. In the Penal Colony "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Ana | 1/28/2014

    " This book features two short stories: In The Penal Colony and The Judgement. I kinda liked the first one - it's a bit creepy and disturbing, but ultimately entertaining. The second one I didn't like so much. It made no sense at all to me. Nevertheless, it's Kafka and I can't help but feeling fascinated at his dream-like way of telling stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sean | 1/19/2014

    " Can I recommend this one? Well, it's utterly brilliant but incredibly painful... a little kafka-esque trip into hell. If you absolutely love the works of our favorite tortured insurance company clerk and have to read something beyond The Metamorphosis, this is the one, but consider yourself warned -- you'll be disturbed for days, perhaps forever... "

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Author Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924), one of the major fiction writers of the twentieth century, was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague. His unique body of writing, much of which is incomplete and was mainly published posthumously, is considered by some people to be among the most influential in Western literature, inspiring such writers as Albert Camus, Rex Warner, and Samuel Beckett.