Sarcasm used as a pedagogical tool

Franz Kafka: Brief an den Vater (English title: Letter to his father) ISBN 9-783596-14674-7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With this book, Kafka wrote a many, many pages long indictment of his abusive father. He details how much power his father had over him, how this power damaged his soul, perverted his emotions and prevented him from being a happy child and becoming a socially integrated young adult. A powerful book about the destructive power of words thrown at a sensitive child, a brilliant development of the theme Kafka sketched in his short story “The Judgment” and a fine example of Kafka’s very personal, very concise and molto cantabile style – lyrical prose!

While I read this book on a lonely evening I enjoyed Dmitry Shostakovich’s violin concertos and his second concerto in C sharp minor fits well with the overall mood of Kafka:

Paranoid feelings as the sun sets on the countryside