by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Szene in der Elektrischen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Die Tänzerin Eduardowa, eine Liebhaberin in der Musik, 
fährt wie Überall so auch 
in der Elektrischen in Begleitung zweier Violinisten, 
die sie häufig spielen läßt. 
Denn es besteht kein verbot, warum in der Elektrischen 
nicht gespielt werden dürfte, wenn das Spiel gut, 
den Mitfahrenden angenehm ist und nichts kostet, 
das heißt, wenn nachher nicht eingesammelt wird. 
Es ist allerdings im Anfang ein wenig überraschend, 
und ein Weilchen lang findet jeder, es sei unpassend. 
Aber bei voller Fahrt, starkem Luftzug 
und stiller Gasse klingt es hübsch.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Scene on a Streetcar, 1910", subtitle: "In a dream I asked the dancer Eduardowa if she would deign to dance the csárdás again", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Scène dans le tramway", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

Text added to the website: 2009-05-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-08 16:59:55
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Word count: 85

Scene on a Streetcar, 1910
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The dancer Eduardowa, a music lover, 
goes everywhere including 
by streetcar in the company of two violinists, 
whom she frequently asks to play. 
There's no prohibition, on streetcars 
from playing, as long as the playing is good, 
pleases the passengers, and doesn't cost anything, 
meaning, no collection is taken up. 
It's all, in the beginning, a little surprising 
and for awhile, everyone considers it improper. 
But at full speed, with strong breezes 
and in a quiet street, it sounds pretty.

Subtitle: "In a dream I asked the dancer Eduardowa if she would deign to dance the csárdás again"


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Text added to the website: 2020-01-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-08 17:01:00
Line count: 12
Word count: 80