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Margaret Atwood

Novelist, poet, essayist and environmental campaigner Margaret Atwood revisits an essay she wrote on Kafka when she was 19 years old, as well as three separate trips to Prague.

Franz Kafka means many things to many people. Five leading writers explore the breadth of his thinking, his world and how his writing still resonates for them as contemporary writers.

Part of In the Shadow of Kafka, Radio 3's series exploring the work and influence of Franz Kafka.

1. Kafka: Three Encounters - Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's first essay on Kafka was written when she was 19 years old not yet a writer herself. Over the years she visited Prague three times, each time looking for traces of the iconic writer, each time finding a different version of him and a changing attitude of his native city to one of its most famous and elusive sons. How did he have such a far-sighted interpretation of the world around him and beyond?

Margaret Atwood is a multi award-winning novelist, poet, essayist and environmental campaigner.

Producer, Polly Thomas

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