The Blind Owl is a novella written in journal form
with first person narration. It is a tale told by a man,
physically and mentally ill, writing only for "his shadow."
There are similiarities between this novella and Rilke's
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, of which the most
striking is the "prose-poetry" of both books. Another similarity
is the dominant themes of the past, loneliness, fear, and death.
Similar symbols are also employed in both books. (For a detailed
discussion, see Manoutchehr Mohandessi,
Rilke," Comparative Literature, 23, No. 3, Summer 1971,