The Aeroplanes at Brescia

"The Aeroplanes at Brescia" (German: "Die Aeroplane in Brescia") is a short story by Franz Kafka published, in slightly shortened form, in the newspaper Bohemia on 29 September 1909. It describes an airshow in the Italian town Brescia, which Kafka saw with two of his friends (Max and his brother Otto Brod) during their journey to Italy. Among other participants, they saw Louis Blériot, the aviator famous for the first flight across the English Channel.[1] The story is lively and witty, as Kafka was fascinated by the airshow. It is also the first description of aeroplanes in German literature.[2]

"The Aeroplanes at Brescia"
1909-09-29 Bohemia
Part of its publication in Bohemia, 29 September 1909
AuthorFranz Kafka
Original title"Die Aeroplane in Brescia"
Published inBohemia
Publication date29 September 1909


  1. ^ Murray, Nicholas (2004). Kafka.
  2. ^ Wagenbach, Klaus (1964). Franz Kafka, in Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten. Reinbek: Rowohlt Verlag. p. 73. ISBN 3-499-50091-4.

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