Kafka’s Wound is a digital literary essay commissioned from Will Self by the London Review of Books which will be launched on The Space website, a new Arts Council initiative to promote the digital arts developed in partnership with the BBC. Will Self’s essay will be examining his personal relationship to Kafka’s work through the lens of the story ‘A Country Doctor’ (1919), and in particular through the aperture of the wound described in that story. Will Self’s initial view is that the wound embodies an aspect of the burgeoning ironic consciousness created in European culture by the experience of the First World War, and his essay will treat of Kafka’s particular forms of irony and absurdism.
The essay is being ‘through composed’ with Will Self’s own thoughts, as he works, being responded to by digital content providers – many of whom are colleagues of his at Brunel University – as well augmented by archival material from the BBC and other sources. The entire digital essay will go live in July.