In the Penal Colony

In the Penal Colony

Publication Date: 1974

Publisher: Schocken Books

Pages: 52

Format: Paperback

Authors: Franz Kafka, Sadegh Hedayat, Hasan Ghaemian

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"In the Penal Colony" is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October 1914, and first published in October 1919.

The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. It describes the last use of an elaborate torture and execution device that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on his skin in a script before letting him die, all in the course of twelve hours. As the plot unfolds, the reader learns more and more about the machine, including its origin, and original justification.

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