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His Father's Excrement - Franz Kafka and the Power of the Insect

Playwright, film-maker and novelist Hanif Kureishi explores Franz Kafka's personal and artistic fascination with the body and food.

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.

2. His Father's Excrement: Franz Kafka and the Power of the Insect - Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi explores Kafka's personal and artistic fascination with the body and food. A lifelong vegetarian, Kafka was tormented by his delicate digestion and his father's blustering, carnivorous robustness. His characters use their bodies as weapons to attack others and ultimately destroy themselves.

Hanif Kureishi is a playwright, film maker and novelist.

Producer, Polly Thomas

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