a walk through texts

"The dark corners, the mysterious passages, the boarded-up windows, the dirty yards, the noisy beer-shops and the shuttered inns still live in us. We walk through the broad streets of the newly-built town. Yet our steps and our glances are unsure. Innerly we still shiver as we did in the old streets of misery. Our hearts still know nothing of the re-sanitation that has been carried out. The sick old Jewish town is much more real to us than the new hygienic town now surrounding us."

Franz Kafka in conversation with Gustav Janouch, from Emanuel Frynta, Kafka & Prague, London: Batchworth, 1960, p60.