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Whar's the meaning of "cracking up" in this sentence? Perhaps it refers to what happens to insects and the noise that they make when they are stepped on?


Thank you in advance for your help!


This book tells of the absurdity of existence, connected to ruthless capitalism, with protagonists who try to preserve their dignity while floundering like bugs and sometimes literally ‘cracking up’.

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anonymousWhat's the meaning of "cracking up" in this sentence?

going crazy; losing one's mind; becoming psychotic— though the use of "literally" is puzzling.

anonymousPerhaps it refers to what happens to insects and the noise that they make when they are stepped on?

No. That's highly doubtful.

CJ

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anonymousWhar's the meaning of "cracking up" in this sentence? Perhaps it refers to what happens to insects and the noise that they make when they are stepped on?

It does not look that way to me. I looked at the webpage you got this from (https://www.euprizeliterature.eu/authors/ma%C5%A1a-kolanovi%C4%87 ), and it was no help. I have no idea what the writer was going for.

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