On Kafka and Bartleby

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“If for many years, much of the reading public saw Kafka as a kind of cousin of Bartleby—if we were most swayed, say, by his never finishing his novels, or by his talk of ghosts and the unbearability of everything—it now seems hard not to see that although Kafka truly was a Bartleby-kin, he was at the same time just as much Bartleby’s well-intentioned, overwhelmed, frustrated boss.”

—Rivka Galchen (x)