Summer 1969 • Vol. XXXI No. 3 Book Reviews |

Shorter Reviews: There Goes Kafka

There Goes Kafka by Johanannes Urzidil. Wayne State University Press, $7.95. When Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? appeared in Prague, its title in Czech read Who's Afraid of Franz Kafka? Obviously there was no way to translate Albee's complex pun which links together the nemesis of the Three Little Pigs and the haunted author of Mrs. Dalloway. Who's Afraid of Franz Kafka? evokes a terror appropriate to Albee's merciless dissection of four baffled human beings in the grip of despair. The title also signals the fact that Kafka, whose reputation as a writer developed in the English- and French-speaking worlds, has finally become a prophet in his own home town. Professor Urzidil's There Goes Kafka (a wildly inappropriate title since Kafka never went anywhere) attempts to locate Kafka in Prague, to see him as a part of Prague's literary culture, and to recreate the intellectual milieu in which he lived and wrote. The subject has exciting possibilities: Kafka's peers in

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