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There is hope, but not for us

by Clarice the Specter

I can’t believe I have succumbed to these ranking lists.

Kafka: “We are nihilistic thoughts, suicidal thoughts that come into God’s head…our world is only a bad mood of God, a bad day of his.”
Max Brod: “Then there is hope outside this manifestation of the world that we know.”
Kafka: “Oh, plenty of hope, an infinite amount of hope—but not for us.”

I think I would place his 2004 omnibus short Children Lose Nothing near the bottom of the list because I felt the time constraints did not allow anything to feel “there.”