Ok, that's a valid point. However, knowing that Kafka thought his stuff was a scream at least opens the reader up to an alternative interpretation. Kind of like when Beckett cast Buster Keaton in Film.
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> For the record, it now appears that Kafka thought of his work as comedy and, when he read his stories aloud, would laugh to the point of tears.
That's irrelevant for the reader, though, as are all the surrounding circumstances in which the text was created. Otherwise, the reader doesn't have independence, he is not reading but trying to fit the text to "what somebody said". People say all kinds of things, no reason to pay attention, certainly not while reading (or listening to music, etc.).
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