It is 1919 and the tubercular Kafka insists that best friend Max burn all his writings after his death. Max, of course, goes on to publish Kafka’s work and also writes Kafka’s biography – thereby setting the ball rolling on the subsequent Kafka hysteria.
We are transported to present day and the sitting room of Sydney, a Kafka-besotted insurance agent who is working on his “definitive” article on Kafka for the Journal of Insurance Studies, while his sexually frustrated wife, Linda, stares morosely out of the window and his elderly father is reading up on current affairs in his effort to convince social workers and family that he isn’t gaga.
If you have enjoyed Bennett on the small (or large) screen, this will give you greater insight into one of our finest contemporary (and Northern) writers. It is well worth the while and yes, the title means what you think. Poor Kafka, overendowed with paranoia, underendowed with …
- Mark Butt as Kafka
- Trevor McKie as Brod
- Caroline Hickey as Linda
- Allan Taylor as Father
- David Beddy as Sydney
- Martin Oldfield as Hermann K