Carter put together a list of his 25 favorite short stories, but he left off one of my favorites (though he did include 2 Kafka stories). Here it is, "A Little Fable," also by Kafka:
"Alas," said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into."
"You only need to change your direction," said the cat, and ate it up.