Friday, May 14, 2010

The Airplanes in Brescia


"And nothing better symbolized the technological modernity of Kafka's time than the airplane. At least this is the case if we are to believe Kafka's essay "The Aeroplanes at Brescia," which is an account of a trip he took with Max and Otto Brod to an airplane race and exhibition in Brescia, Italy. The essay, which was published in the newspaper Bohemia in 1909, was one of the first literary descriptions of the airplane to appear in German. On a stylistic level, "The Aeroplanes at Brescia" is important as a reminder of Kafka's writing skills: we are already aware of his remarkable ability to distort our world into something strange and different, as he does for example in The Trial or Metamorphosis; that he was also capable of so brilliantly bringing to life an event that was completely of this world helps to show us why he was one of the world's great writers."

9 Comments:

Blogger dodo said...

An airplane race in 1909!!!

(Is this little Pedro)?

Friday, May 14, 2010 8:39:00 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Yep. It is Pedro allright!..Yes, there where airplane races. Bleriot has just crossed the channel in 1909 as a part of a race. Read Kafka's text. It is gloriouS!

Friday, May 14, 2010 9:24:00 am  
Blogger Jenea said...

He he! I remeber, that when I was little, I had the same airplane! I've got it through Kinder surprises! :) Hey Oscar! Now, you have so big collection of your great drawings, I am very interested to see one drawing on "Twilight" theme! I like this english film!

Friday, May 14, 2010 3:31:00 pm  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

I loved it!;o)
Are you in UK ?

Friday, May 14, 2010 3:39:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Yeah.....

Friday, May 14, 2010 4:33:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Jenea, this plane is a character from a Disney film: Saludos Amigos. His name was Pedro.....

Friday, May 14, 2010 5:24:00 pm  
Blogger gur-B said...

Interesting post. I love your drawing(s)and the anachronism in this one.

Saludos Amigo !

Friday, May 14, 2010 11:27:00 pm  
Anonymous Gustavo said...

El dato sobre Pedro es correcto. Solo agregar que el dibujante de la Disney que lo diseñó se llamaba Wilbur Wright, el mismo que tiempo después diseñaría a Dumbo.

Saturday, May 15, 2010 12:12:00 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Y Orville era el albatros de "The Rescuers"......

Saturday, May 15, 2010 1:33:00 am  

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