Now that Absurdistan is no longer absurd, many of “We, the People” realize we are now in Kafkastan.
Props to Franz Kafka, the only 20th-century literary figure whose name has become part of language—unlike any other writer—for “Kafkaesque”.
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The late Frederick R. Karl, author of the immensely critical biography of Franz Kafka, who named him the “representative man” of the 20th century and placed him at the center of High Modernism in Prague, explained the “essence of Kafkaesque” in an interview with Ivana Edwards in the New York Times (December 29, 1991):
"What's Kafkaesque is when you enter a surreal world in which all your control patterns, all your plans, the whole way in which you have configured your own behavior, begins to fall to pieces, when you find yourself against a force that does not lend itself to the way you perceive the world.
"You don't give up, you don't lie down and die. What you do is struggle against this with all of your equipment, with whatever you have. But of course you don't stand a chance. That's Kafkaesque."
Welcome to Kafkastan.