In the Penal Colony

In the Penal Colony

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The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau's The Torture Garden as an influence. As in some of Kafka's other writings, the narrator in this story seems detached from, or perhaps numbed by, events that one would normally expect to be registered with horror. In the Penal Colony describes the last use of an elaborate torture and execution device that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on… (more)

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Language: English

Published in: 1914

Translator: Ian Johnston

Word count: 11,643 words (≈ about 1 hour)

Source: http://en.wikisource.org

Copyright: This work is available for countries where copyright is Life+70 and in the USA.


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