Thursday, May 13, 2010

"A Report to an Academy"

"A Report to an Academy" ("Ein Bericht für eine Akademie") is a short story by Franz Kafka, written and published in 1917. In the story, an ape named Red Peter, who has learned to behave like a human, presents to an academy the story of how he effected his transformation. The story was first published by Martin Buber in the German monthly Der Jude, along with another of Kafka's story "Jackals and Arabs" ("Schakale und Araber"). The story appeared again in a 1919 collection titled "A Country Doctor" (Ein Landarzt).

From the "Westfield Leader" 27-March-97

"A hearing regarding the embattled Scotch Plains Zoo, which had been scheduled for last Thursday in Superior Court in Elizabeth, was adjourned until Thursday, April 10, in order to give a court-appointed attorney and an independent veterinarian additional time to prepare reports regarding conditions at the 6.5-acre facility.

Zoo owner Harold Kafka, meanwhile, pleaded guilty Monday in Scotch Plains Municipal Court to charges related to the housing of some of the animals at his establishment, which is located three miles south of Route No. 22 on Raritan Road. The zoo is home to approximately 150 animals, including a number of exotic or endangered species.

The penalties imposed on Mr. Kafka are expected to be either reduced or dismissed, however, if he meets conditions which were previously agreed upon between him and the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife by Monday, April 14, according to Municipal Court Clerk Yvonne Rude. The division opted not to renew Mr. Kafka’s operating permits in January, citing multiple violations concerning public safety and animal welfare......

The division issued summonses to Mr. Kafka following a March 12 inspection by a conservation officer and a zoologist, who found the zoo’s orangutan house unheated due to a lack of oil and the lights turned off, according to division spokeswoman Sharon Southard. Heat was restored to the unit, which houses several primates, as well as alligators, after an anonymous benefactor offered to have the oil tanks replenished.

Mr. Kafka also was issued a summons for failure to repair cages which house wolves at the zoo, and another for failure to properly house an otter at the facility, the Court Clerk said."


Blogger fuchi bayugar said...

Es uno de mis favoritos, Franz Kafka, junto con nuestro Horacio Quiroga.

Thursday, May 13, 2010 3:58:00 pm  
Blogger ariel tenorio said...

este cuento es exelente lo lei en una antologia y el dibujo le queda jamon jamon!

Friday, May 14, 2010 3:56:00 am  
Anonymous Gustavo said...

Yo diría que más que un cuento es un mono logo.

Friday, May 14, 2010 5:26:00 am  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Si, un poco mono tematico.

Friday, May 14, 2010 7:07:00 am  

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