Miss Kafka


“Long before these confessions, 
Friedlander notes, Kafka was 
writing in his diary about posing 
for an artist in the nude at age 19 
as a model for St. Sebastian. The 
picture of Kafka the serial womanizer 
stripping off his clothes in a Prague 
studio in 1912 and allowing another 
man to tie him to a post and paste 
fake arrows on his chest is slightly 
jarring even in the 21st century 
(actual pictures would be yet more 
jarring still – do they exist? If they 
ever surface, will we claim we were 
unprepared?).”—Steve Donoghue, 
Book Review: Franz Kafka, The Poet 
of Shame and Guilt by Saul Friedlander

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