His starting point is the parable

His starting point is the parable, which is responsible to reason and therefore, as far as its wording is concerned, cannot be entirely serious. But this parable is then subject to artistic elaboration. It grows into a novel. It was never quite transparent. ... In Kafka, therefore, parable is in conflict with vision. But as a visionary, Brecht says, Kafka saw what was to come without seeing what is. ... Kafka, he says, had only one problem, that of organization.

[Reflections 205]

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