Kafka on the Shore


Haruki Murakami

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The Labyrinth

The image of the labyrinth in Kafka on the Shore is used to represent knowledge-seeking and understanding of the self—an undertaking that poses no small challenge to the characters in the novel. Like the Oedipal…

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As Kafka himself points out, the name “Kafka” means crow in Czech, which is part of why he chose the name for himself. Crows in Kafka on the Shore are harbingers of protection, warning, and…

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