Franz Kafka und Prag
Franz Kafka und Prag

Franz Kafka und Prag

Ein literarischer Wegweiser
With colour illustrations throughout
  • 15 x 21 cm, 120 pages
  • paperback with flaps, thread-stitching
  • ISBN 978-3-89919-061-8
  • In Stock
€ 14,90 (D)€ 15,40 (Ö)

„Franz Kafka was Prague and Prague was Franz Kafka”, Johannes Urzidil once wrote. And indeed, following the traces of Kafka’s life, your way leads right into the heart of the old royal seat on the Moldau River. Every fiber of Kafka’s being was rooted in Prague’s soil, everywhere in his works the city and its people shine forth between the lines. This compact guide invites its readers into Kafka’s world. It teaches you to see Prague as Kafka saw it. Packed with concise texts and more than 150 historical illustrations, this guidebook has become a Prague classic in its own right: Always up-to-date, for many years and through many editions, it has been the standard reference for all those who are willing to let themselves be guided and carried away: by the writer Franz Kafka and by the Golden Prague of about a hundred years ago.

“An unbelievable treasure trove of historic political events, of cultural history and quotations from Kafka’s works is opened up when Harald Salfellner begins to narrate.” Deutsche Welle

“Franz Kafka and Prague by Harald Salfellner is by far the best of several works on that subject”. Richard Burton, Prague. Cities of the Imagination


Contents Contents

♦ Biographical Overview
Childhood • University • Working Life • First Publications • Friends • Illness • An Untimely Death

♦ Franz Kafka’s Prague
A City on the Center Stage • Many Peoples, One Capital • Civic Pride and Protest • Downfall and a New Dawn

♦ The Beginnings of the Kafka Family in Prague
An Able Merchant • Siblings • His Father’s Shop • Malicious Cooks, Sad Governesses

♦ Kafka’s Prague Itinerary
Old Town Square • Charles Bridge • The University of Prague • Coffee Houses • Wenceslas Square • At the Swimming School • The Golden Lane • In the Lesser Town • The Last Resting-Place

♦ Promenading through Prague
Through the Lanes of Prague • Walks • Belvedere • The Arboretum • Chotek Park • At the Castle • The Municipal Park

Reviews Reviews


This book opens with a Prague map lining the inside covers, a map of the Prague that Kafka experienced and knew throughout his lifetime. It is a perfect companion for Kafka fans planning on visiting Prague. There are many photographs from the different times in his life and it literally traces his life in the great city. We learn where Kafka spent his time in school, work and at play. Intrigued and fascinated with the old parts of Prague, I especially enjoyed how the author made the environment known, almost felt - adding to the reading experience of this wonderful little book. It's rather small but packed full with awesome information.