Franz Kafka and German-speaking literature focus of this year’s Book World Prague

Photo: Milena M. Marešová, Czech Radio

Preparations are in full swing for the annual international book fair and literary festival Book World Prague, which gets underway in May. Organizers have just announced that this year’s edition will honour the centenary of Franz Kafka. Unlike in previous years, the guest of honour won’t be just one country, but German-language literature as a whole. I discussed the upcoming event with its director, Radovan Auer:

“The reason why we decided to select German speaking literature as a collective guest of honour involving mainly by Germany, Switzerland and Austria, is that this year we have the 100th anniversary of the death of Franz Kafka. Kafka is the person who connects German-speaking literature with Prague, so that was one of the reasons why we made this decision.”

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Author: Ruth Fraňková