Franz Kafka. Anniversary of birth of one of the greatest 20th-century writers

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us” – Franz Kafka.  On the 134th anniversary of Kafka’s birth, falling on July 3, Lokator Publishing House invites all readers to its two events related to a new edition of Kafka’s first novel, The Man Who Disappeared.

“The first (and as all the other books – unfinished) novel by Franz Kafka was published post mortem by Max Brod under the title “America”, although the writer himself intended to entitle it “The Man Who Disappeared”.It is a story of Karl Rossmann, who – as a result of a moral scandal – had to leave his home, country, and even the continent.Kafka sends him to America to look for salvation there.”

“Apparently, on an occasion, the writer told Brod that there is so much hope in the world, endless hope… but not for us.The question is whether Karl is the chosen one, or just one of “us” – condemned forever and thus lost”?

Grzegorz Jankowicz


Franz Kafka, Zaginiony, fot. Lokator

 Franz Kafka, “Zaginiony”, fot. Lokator

On Sunday (July 2), Krakow will turn into Kafka’s America by way of an urban game where gamers will search for the lost Karl Rossmann.

More at: www.lokatormedia.pl on the day of the event.

On Tuesday (July 4) a 7:00 PM, at Lokator bookstore, there will be a meeting with Grzegorz Jankowicz (author of the afterword to the novel), chaired by Aleksandra Hudymač.

LOKATOR kawa&książki
ul. Mostowa 1
30-061 Krakow

Aleksandra Hudymač – double graduate of the Jagiellonian University:in Slavonic Studies and Polish Studies; reader at the Institute of Slavonic Studies, deals with the culture of Polish, Slovak, and Czech Romanticism, romantic epistolography, and theory of letter writing.She works on a book devoted to Slovak nineteenth-century travel diaries.

Grzegorz Jankowicz (b.1978) – essayist, critic, and translator.Works at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of the Jagiellonian University.Editor of the Culture section in the “Tygodnik Powszechny” weekly.Juror of the Silesius Wrocław Poetry Award.Director of literary programmes in the Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation.Programme Director of the Conrad Festival.Member of the Programme Council at the Copernicus Festival.Member of the Programme Council at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art.Publications include: Po co jest sztuka? Rozmowy z pisarzami (Krakow 2013), “Cmono. Rozmowy z pisarzami” (Krakow 2013), Gombrowicz – Loading. Esej o formie życia (Wrocław 2014), Uchodźcy z ziemi Ulro. Eseje (2015). Acted as editor to “Opowieść o dwóch miastach. Wrocław i Kraków” (Krakow 2015), presentation of Wrocław and Krakow as cities of literature. Together with Anna Kałuża, he prepared the following volumes:Pracownia Poetycka Silesius. Rok 1: Foks, Sosnowski  (Wrocław 2015) and Pracownia Poetycka Silesius. Rok 2: Matywiecki, Pasewicz, Pietrek  (Wrocław 2016). With Zofia Król, he edited the book Wolne słowa. Zestaw do ćwiczeń indywidualnych i zbiorowych (Gdańsk 2016). He recently published a book Życie na poczytaniu. Rozmowy o literaturze i reszcie świata (Wrocław 2016). Together with Alberto Manguel, he wrote a book “Małe języki, wielkie literatury. Small Languages, Big Literature” (Gdańsk 2017).He lives in Krakow.

Krakow Festival Office, operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme is a partner to this event.

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