Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

Ein Leben in Prag
With colour illustrations throughout
  • 15 x 21 cm, 120 pages
  • paperback with flaps, thread-stitching
  • ISBN 978-3-89919-764-8
  • In Stock
€ 19,90 (D)€ 20,50 (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 river Vltava. With every fibre of his being, the author was deeply rooted in the soil of Prague – the city and its people shine through all his works.

This literary guidebook teaches us to see Prague the way Kafka saw it and, through many reprints and editions, it has become a classic. Bursting with more than 150 historic illustrations and constantly updated, over the years it has gained undisputed status as the guide for everyone who wants to follow in the footsteps of the Prague writer Franz Kafka through the Golden City at the turn of the 20th century.


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.

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