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Kafka's Castle

Playwright April de Angelis discusses Kafka's novel The Castle, arguing the case for the author as both humorist and feminist.

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

Part of In the Shadow of Kafka, Radio 3's current season, highlighting the work and influence of Franz Kafka.

4. Kafka's Castle - April de Angelis

Is Kafka funny? Is he a feminist? Kafka was reported to frequently laugh uproariously at his own work, yet for many, his writing tips from comic to nihilistic and back with ease. De Angelis unpicks the comic elements of The Castle, one of his three full length novels, and argues an unusual case, for Kafka the feminist.

April de Angelis is an award-winning playwright for stage, radio, opera and film. Her play Jumpy was in the West End in 2014.

Producer, Polly Thomas

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