In the Penal Colony Summary
Franz Kafka

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In the Penal Colony Summary

Franz Kafka wrote the novella-length story "In the Penal Colony" while he was writing his novel The Tnalvn. 1914, and it was first published in 1919. The story of an explorer's tour of an island known for its unusual capital punishment machine, "In the Penal Colony" took just two weeks to complete, although Kafka was dissatisfied with the ending and rewrote it several times in later years. Since the story's publication in English translation in 1948, it...

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