kafkaesque kafkaesque  /ˈkɑf kə ˈɛsk/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) relating to or in the manner of Franz Kafka or his writings
  2. (adj) characterized by surreal distortion and a sense of impending danger

News

  • On His 130th Birthday — A Little Touch of Kafka in the Night

    While today, July 3, is Franz Kafka’s 130th birthday, the shadow of his name continues to spread, stretching on either side of his birth and death dates, 1883 and 1924. As Frederick Karl, one of his numerous biographers, once observed, the word “Kafkaesque” has “entered the language in a way no other writer’s has.”
    on July 3, 2013     Source: Princeton Town Topics

Quotes

  1. "The very real prospect of people being condemned to death and executed by such a system is truly Kafkaesque," Lasry said. "It reflects shame on the Howard government, which supported the military commissions. That this support was provided...
    on Jul 23, 2007 By: Lex Lasry QC Source: AFP

  2. "I've run out of descriptive terms for what happened to them. It's Kafkaesque. It's Alice in Wonderland," said Clive Stafford Smith, legal director of Reprieve, a London-based human rights group representing 39 Guantanamo detainees. "It's...
    on Jun 30, 2007 By: Clive Stafford Smith Source: San Diego Union Tribune

  3. "It's a really vicious circle," says former MP John Godfrey, who briefly entered the race but withdrew before becoming an official candidate. "Given the construction of rules, it's turned itself into a kind of Kafkaesque, never-ending...
    on May 21, 2010 By: John Godfrey Source: Toronto Sun

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