James Womack

Dream Logic

The Burrow


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It’s not an admission that reflects all that well on me, but every now and then, as I read through this excellent and revelatory volume of posthumously published Kafka stories, I found myself thinking of Viz magazine – in particular, about the misadventures of Buster Gonad & His Unfeasibly Large Testicles. I will assume that the readers of Literary Review might need a brief résumé, widely and variously educated though they are. BG&HULT is a comic strip with a fairly self-evident premise, derived from its title: in every instalment, Mr Gonad undertakes a new task (working in a hotel, attending his sister’s wedding, taking his driving test), and in every instalment he is thwarted by his immense endowment, the vast pink sac that bounds before him like Bacchus’s panthers.

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