Franz kafka

No laughing matter

27 November 2010 12:00 am

The Nobel prize is nothing. The real badge of literary greatness is the addition of the ‘esque’ suffix to one’s name and, if you’re truly outstanding, the word ‘nightmare’, too. Franz Kafka manages this distinguished double, although some readers find the connotations of horror arise not so much from his totalitarian dystopias as from his prose. But it’s best to approach Kafka with an open mind.

Positively Kafkaesque

13 November 2010 12:00 am

This is a companion to a collection published earlier this year of Nadine Gordimer’s non-fiction, called Telling Times.