chapter  4
12 Pages

Kafka, sex and the Jews

BySANDER L. GILMAN

Recently, the Kafka study by James Hawes, Excavating Kafka (2008), made headlines in the UK. His image of Kafka as a sex ®end and fan of expensive pornography appealed to the prurient interest of the newspapers. Kafka was, according to the Daily Telegraph, `also a man of the world, who enjoyed the city's more fashionable nightclubs, visited brothels and had an impressive stash of pornography ± which, as Hawes says (and the book illustrates), certainly wasn't quaintly ``naughty''' (Walton 2008).