Franz Kafka

German-speaking Bohemian Jewish novelist and short story writer

1883   -   1924

movement: Modernist literature, existentialism
genre: modernism, fiction, short story, притча, novel, flash fiction
country of citizenship: Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic
native language: German, Czech
educated at: Karl-Ferdinands-Universität
occupation: novelist, fabulist, short story writer, aphorist, diarist, translator, lawyer, screenwriter, poet lawyer, claims adjuster, writer, author, prosaist

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-speaking Bohemian Jewish novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. His best known works include "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle). The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those in his writing.Kafka was born into a middle-class, German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today the capital of the Czech Republic. He trained as a lawyer, and after completing his legal education he was employed by an insurance company, forcing him to relegate writing to his spare time. Over the course of his life, Kafka wrote hundreds of letters to family and close friends, including his father, with whom he had a strained and formal relationship. He became engaged to several women but never married. He died in 1924 at the age of 40 from tuberculosis. Few of Kafka's works were published during his lifetime: the story collections Betrachtung (Contemplation) and Ein Landarzt (A Country Doctor), and individual stories (such as "Die Verwandlung") were published in literary magazines but received little public attention. Kafka's unfinished works, including his novels Der Process, Das Schloss and Der Verschollene (translated as both Amerika and The Man Who Disappeared), were ordered by Kafka to be destroyed by his friend Max Brod, who nonetheless ignored his friend's direction and published them after Kafka's death. His work went on to influence a vast range of writers, critics, artists, and philosophers during the 20th century.
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works

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Dearest Father. Stories and Other Writings

collection of writings by Kafka

author: Franz Kafka

Fellowship

short story by Franz Kafka

author: Franz Kafka

Home-Coming

book by Franz Kafka

author: Franz Kafka

Letters to Felice

book by Franz Kafka

author: Franz Kafka

1967

Letters to Milena

book by Franz Kafka

author: Franz Kafka

1952

Letters to Ottla

book by Franz Kafka

author: Franz Kafka

1974

In unserer Synagoge

literair werk van Franz Kafka

author: Franz Kafka

On Parables

short story fragment by Franz Kafka, published posthumously

author: Franz Kafka

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