The Kafka Effekt is D. Harlan Wilson�s debut book, a collection of forty-four short stories loosely written in the vein of Franz Kafka, with more than a pinch of William S. Burroughs sprinkled on top. A manic depressive has a baby�s bottom grafted onto his face; a hermaphrodite impregnates itself and gives birth to twins; a gaggle of professors find themselves trapped in a port-a-john and struggle to liberate their minds from the prison of reason�these are just a few of the precarious situations that the characters herein are forced to confront. The Kafka Effekt is a postmodern scream. Absurd, intelligent, funny and scatological, Wilson turns reality inside out and exposes it as a grotesque, nightmarish machine that is always-already processing the human subject, who struggles to break free from the machine, but who at the same time revels in its subjugation.
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D. Harlan Wilson has built a strange body of work. For most emerging writers that statement might be a kiss of death, but not for him. Wilson's intelligence and a razor wit separate his writing from the ignorant vulgarity that too often passes for originality in today's liturature. In his short story collection, The Kafka Effekt, strangeness becomes a weapon. These stories are masterpieces of the absurd, both darkly funny and tragic. Wilson leads his readers through a surreal world with each one. And though he is far from the first author to do that, Wilson's skill in maintaining the delicate balance between chaos and meaning is what makes his writing enjoyable. In every bizarre step along the 44 stories in this book, the reader collects a treasure: a nugget of understanding, a flash of empathy, or even a sense of familiarity with the often nigthmarish universe of Wilson's characters. Profound without being didactic and expertly blending jaded humor with a sobering vision of the future, The Kafka Effekt is well worth a few bad dreams and skipped meals. It is strange in the best possible way.
This book allows one to turn inside out and look at life from the other side. Exciting, entertaining, and thought provoking. Wilson obviously enjoys observing all of us and he relates these stories with skill. Maybe he is one step beyond where we are now? Whatever, you have to give it a try.