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LETTERS TO FELICE BY KAFKA
TRANSLATED IN MORSE CODE

 

Gallery of the French Institute, Fez-Ville Nouvelle, Morocco. 2013.

To substitute for love the letter of love? To deterritorialize love. To substitute for the feared conjugal contract a pact with the devil. The letters are inseparable from such a pact; they are this pact itself… There is a vampirism in the letters, a vampirism that is specifically epistolary. Dracula the vegetarian, the hunger artist, who drinks the blood of carnivorous humans, has his castle nearby. There is something of Dracula in Kafka, a Dracula who works by letters, letters that are like bats. They prowl by night and, by day, are locked in his coffin-desk: “The night is not nocturnal enough.” … The horror of Kafka toward all forms of conjugality. A prodigious operation by which he translates this horror into a topography of obstacles.

 

Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, Kafka,
Toward a Minor Literature, Les Éditions de Minuit, 1975.