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What makes something "Kafkaesque"? - Noah Tavlin

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Published on Jun 20, 2016

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The term Kafkaesque has entered the vernacular to describe unnecessarily complicated and frustrating experiences, especially with bureaucracy. But does standing in a long line to fill out confusing paperwork really capture the richness of Kafka’s vision? Beyond the word’s casual use, what makes something "Kafkaesque"? Noah Tavlin explains.

Lesson by Noah Tavlin, animation by TED-Ed.

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