WHAT DO YOU THINK?
1. What is the last book you read that had the effect on you that Kafka is describing here?
2. What frozen seas do you have inside you? What does the image of an axe breaking the frozen sea suggest to you? What happens after the axe breaks the frozen sea? How is it a metaphor for a good book?
3. In the larger context of this quote, Kafka says we should “read only the kind of books that wound or stab us.” Do you agree? What other kind of books do you read and why?
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
1. How does the high contrast, black and white formal clothing help reinforce the idea in the quote? What meaning can you infer from the use and placement of the color red?
2. By the demeanor and actions of the man, what do you think he is trying to say in support of the quote? Does knowing that the man is Kafka change your experience of the poster?
3. The book the man reveals is called HaGilgul—Hebrew for Kafka’s book, Metamorphosis—how does that contribute to the image?