Will Self: Kafka and Dissonant Bohemia

Kings Place, London · 7 October 2012 · 2:00pm
Notes and Letters
From Kings Place:

Kafka was said by his friend Max Brod to have such a tin ear that he couldn’t distinguish between Tanhauser and the Merry Widow - yet Brod also asserted that this was because his readings of his own prose were so perfectly modulated that they employed all of his great musicality. Which was the truth?

And can it be that Kafka was immune to the aural impact of the distinctively Czechoslovakian brand of musical Modernism, one that, to the contemporary ear, seems to so perfectly complement his prose?

Will Self explores these questions and more. [Read More]

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