Kafka’s home city has a lot to hide, writes James Hawes. The Czech capital’s architectural debt to greater Germany; its authoritarian past and history of anti-Semitism; even its most famous son’s penchant for pornography – these unwelcome truths are bad for business.
studied German at Hertford College, Oxford, then took a PhD on Nietzsche, Kafka et al. at UCL. He is author of six novels and a biography of Kafka, Excavating Kafka, Quercus: 2008. He teaches creative writing at Oxford Brookes.