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Is there any difference in meaning between the adjectives Kafkaesque and Kafkan, or are they synonyms?

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Not really but it's always Kafkaesque. –  user24964 Apr 24 '14 at 8:50
A Kafkan is a long dress-like shirt. –  Mitch May 6 '14 at 0:59

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Kaf·ka·esque adj.

  1. Of or relating to Franz Kafka or his writings.

  2. Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger: "Kafkaesque fantasies of the impassive interrogation, the false trial, the confiscated passport . . . haunt his innocence" (New Yorker).

The adjective kafkan, though used, is not easily found in dictionaries.

I think that kafkan is more used in the meaning n. 2 of the above definitions.

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Thanx for your response. Tho word Kafkan is used for example in Milan Kundera´s The Art of The Novel for the description of Kafka´s singular poetic quality. I ´m not sure but I think that Kafkaesque has rather negative connotation, for example critical parasatism and exploitation of Kafka´s work. –  bart-leby Apr 24 '14 at 9:54
You have raised an interesting issue, more research needs to be done. –  Josh61 Apr 24 '14 at 10:02

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