In The Shadow Of Kafka: the prophet of Prague

To mark the anniversary of the publication one hundred years ago of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Radio 3 offered a week of varied and interesting programmes, collectively entitled In The Shadow Of Kafka which examined the legacy of the novella, with contemporary writers and dramatists exploring Kafka’s life and work. The season opened with In the Shadow of Kafka: Prophet … Continue reading In The Shadow Of Kafka: the prophet of Prague

Peeling the Onion: Gunter Grass has the last word

When the death of Gunter Grass was announced recently, among the obituaries and appreciations I read were words of praise for his infamous memoir, Peeling the Onion, first published in Germany in 2006.  I remember reading a few reviews when the English translation came out a year later, and being put off. Probably, I read Michael Hoffman’s ill-tempered review … Continue reading Peeling the Onion: Gunter Grass has the last word

Eduardo Galeano: enemy of lies, indifference and forgetfulness

Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance. ― Eduardo Galeano In a single day the deaths are … Continue reading Eduardo Galeano: enemy of lies, indifference and forgetfulness