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Oct 10 2014, 11:22 AM
At the risk of being too bold, let me say that brilliant prose is not everything: Kafka's style is pretty sober, and yet, some consider him the greatest writer of the 20th. Century.

One of those people is me :)

But I was exactly thinking of Kafka when I added "skewed way of looking at the world." That for me is Kafka: he commands such a vision that his quite elementary prose transforms the ordinary into something mysterious, bizarre, scary and awe-inspiring. Kundera in one of his non-fics even chastises translators for "improving" his ordinary verbs.
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