Images of the Grotesque and Arabesque

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Images of the Grotesque and Arabesque – The Discovery of Kafka's Drawings

  • Thu 16 Jun 2022
  • 6:30PM

Over 100 completely unknown drawings by Franz Kafka of fascinating figures, shifting from the realistic to the fantastic, the grotesque, the uncanny and the carnivalesque have been made accessible in Prof Andreas Kilcher’s highly acclaimed book Franz Kafka: The Drawings (Yale University Press, 2022). The drawings illuminate a previously unknown side of the quintessential modernist author. Three fascinating stories can be told about Kafka’s drawings: the story of their transmission, the story of Kafka as a draftsman, and the story of his drawing in relation to his writing.

The event will include a discussion of the book with the author and editor Prof Andreas Kilcher (ETH Zurich, CH) and Prof Nicholas Sawicki (Lehigh University, USA). The event will be chaired by Dr Daniel Wildmann (Leo Baeck Institute London, UK).

Admission is free but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting or booking via Eventbrite or join via zoom:

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