After finishing Kafka (and skipping several of his stories that were either a.) too boring, b.) not making any sense, even from a bizarre perspective, c.) little more than blog entires; I've taken up Newtons Sleep, written by one Daniel O'Mahony, the recommendation coming from Darathy, which makes this a Fiction Par deux novel.
The "chapter zero" was rather strange, but the story seems to be picking up well in the first chapter. Writing's not bad (better than Kafka at any rate), and it's been a while since I've read a story set earlier than the 18th century, the last being The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, IIRC.