The Innocents Abroad Podcast: Episode 6 — Something Kafkaesque


In yet another instance of changing location, Yaël has moved to Prague, Czech Republic. He shares his experiences in Czechia and Todor is already insanely jealous. From there, it’s all about great literature, Pan-Europeanism, bureaucracy, the legacy of great authors, abortion protests in Poland, and why you should never read Paulo Coelho. And a lot of absurdism.


Stefan Zweig – The World of Yesterday, Beware of Pity, Fear

Albert Camus – The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus

Franz Kafka – The Trial, Metamorphosis

James Joyce – The Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Jonathan Safran Foer – Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Paulo Coelho – No.

Music: Daft Punk – Digital Love

Yaël Ossowski is a Canadian-American journalist and writer living in Vienna. He is founder and editor of Devolution Review, deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. Born in Québec and raised in the southern United States, he currently lives in Vienna, Austria, and his writings have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages.
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