The Suffering of Being Kafka

New English and Hebrew Short Fiction

By: Sam Vaknin

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I wrote my first short fiction tome, "Requesting My Loved One" in prison:

It was a voyage of painful self-discovery. The stranger I saw in my mirror stared back and hard.

"Requesting My Loved One" and "Malignant Self Love" are twins. In the latter I generalized and non-fictionalized the former.

I won the 1997 Israel's Council of Culture and Art Prize for Maiden Prose for "Requesting my Loved One". Award Committee Reasons.

I thought it was ironic: a prisoner, writing about an amoral world while experiencing his own disintegration - and the Ministry of Education and Culture reward!

The Suffering of Being Kafka is a new collection of short fiction. I cannot publish it in Israel because I had to leave it, exiled by my own profligacy.

The stories are copyrighted by me. Feel free to copy them, distribute them by any means, including electronic means - providing you give me due credit (simply add: Author - Shmuel Vaknin).

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Table of Contents

English Language (with Reading Guides)

Beheaded Cart

Janusz Courts Dina

Madeleine's Future

Pet Snail

The Bus to Town

My Affair with Jesus

Death of the Poet

Shalev is Silent

Alice: Ten Years Later

Arab Soothsayers Cannot be Trusted

Butterflies are Laughing

The Con Man Cometh

Out Kid


Write Me a Letter

A Language of Black and Red

Pierre's Friends

The Last Days

Blind Date

Nothing is Happening at Home


Mindgames Tales

The Capgras Shift

I Hear Voices

Folie a Plusieurs

The Elephant's Call

Night Terror

Anton's Trap

A Dream Come True

Lucid Dreams

Live Burial

The Galatea of Cotard



Love on Display


I. Abimbola Salako - English Translation

II. Beheaded Cart - English Translation

III. Paper Inmate - English Translation

IV. Remembering Avimelekh - English Translation

V. Coitus Interruptus - English Translation

VI. The Bus to Town - English Translation

VII. Curfew - English Translation

VIII. Aphrodisiac - English Translation

IX. Elitzur Washes Test-tubes - English Translation

X. Farewell to Brother - English Translation

XI. Interview

XII. Janusz Courts Dina - English Translation

XIII. My Affair with Jesus - English Translation

XIV. The Supreme Court Judge - English Translation

XV. Kitchens - English Translation

XVI. Letter to Judge N - English Translation

XVII. Madeleine's Future - English Translation

XVIII. The Suffering of Being Kafka (Hebrew Manuscript)

XIX. The Day the Nazis Returned - English Translation

XX. It will be Alright - English Translation

XXI. Penumbral Toes - English Translation

XXII. Death of the Poet - English Translation

XXIII. Death of a Prince - English Translation

XXIV. Raining Rabbits - English Translation

XXV. Reaction Anticipated - English Translation

XXVI. A Window of Sensitivity - English Translation

XXVII. Shalev is Silent - English Translation

XXVIII. Sights - English Translation

XXIX. Siren Calls - English Translation

XXX. State of the Universe - English Translation

XXXI. Pet Snail - English Translation

XXXII. Peleg's Stamps - English Translation

XXXIII. Prague - English Translation

XXXIV. Tangential Thought - English Translation

XXXV. Short Waves - English Translation

XXXVI. A Rustic Wedding - English Translation

XXXV. Windows - English Translation

XXXVI. A Short Winter Tale - English Translation

XXXVII. Wordsmith - English Translation

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