• Nice 'backgrounder' at Wiki on this one: Sample: The adjective refers to anything suggestive of Kafka, especially his nightmarish type of narration, in which characters lack a clear course of action, the ability to see beyond immediate events, and the possibility of escape. The term's meaning has transcended the literary realm to apply to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, or illogical.
  • In the justice system, "Kafkan" generally refers to Kafka's great work "The Trial" in which a man is determined guilty of a crime and eventually executed, but is never even told what the crime was. A Kafkan experience in the justice system is when someone is railroaded, presumed guilty, and treated poorly by persons with hidden agendas, even though the accused may well be innocent.

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