Franz Kafka


A German-speaking Czech writer of Jewish origins, Franz Kafka was born in 1883, in Prague.

He contracted tuberculosis in 1917, a disease that stayed with him for the rest of his short life, which ended up killing him in 1924.

His literary work is made up mostly of novels and tales, and although it resembles Expressionism, it cannot and should not be fitted into any literary movement.

The depth and richness of his parables, symbols and motives have led to multiple and diverse analysis of his work.

Most of Kafka’s literary work has been published after his death, which didn’t change how much it influenced, in a remarkable way, all the modern literature that succeeded it. In life, the following tales were published: “Contemplation” (1913); “The Stoker” (1913); “Amerika, 1st chapter” (1913); “The Metamorphosis” (1916); “The Judgement” (1916); “In the Penal Colony” (1919); “A Country Doctor” (1919); and “A Hunger Artist” (1924, the year of his death).

After the writer’s death, and thanks to the dedication and interest of his friend Max Brod (1884-1968), the novels “The Trial” (1925), “The Castle” (1926), “Amerika” (1927), and the tale “The Great Wall of China (1931) were published.

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