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Tue, 19 May 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Trials and Tribulations: Will Self teaches Franz Kafka

Will Self

The award-winning writer and broadcaster presents a guide to the work and thought of the great novelist.

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” – Franz Kafka

With his nightmare visions of incomprehensible bureaucracies, petty authorities and social conformity, Franz Kafka summoned up the terrifying frustration and ceaseless anxiety of life and work in industrialised society.

The inspiration behind works as diverse as Catch 22, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, and Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, his imprint on culture is indelible.

Scarcely known in his lifetime, his reputation was at once saved and bowdlerised by his friend and executor Max Brod, who refused to burn the unpublished novels, as requested by Kafka. This was a curiously apt fate, for Kafka’s genius lay in blending acute realism with flights of surreal and sometimes terrifying fantasy.

One of the very few writers to become meaningfully adjectival, even in our increasingly poorly read era, his name remains synonymous with the very minatory essence of modernity.

Now award winning novelist and journalist Will Self returns to How To Academy to present a personal guide to the legendary author.

This talk takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

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Will Self

Author of eleven novels and Professor of Contemporary Thought at Brunel University.

Will Self is the author of eleven novels, latterly Shark and Umbrella, as well as seven short story collections and seven essay collections. He is Professsor of Contemporary Thought at Brunel University.