By Webteam - 3rd July 2017 6:05am
Franz Kafka was a German-language 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 part of the Czech Republic. He trained as a lawyer, and after completing his legal education he was employed with 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 Amerika (also known as Der Verschollene, 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.
Born 3rd July 1883 in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)
Died 3rd June 1924 in Kierling, part of Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria, Austria
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
We would like to thank you all for your patience at this difficult time! As we start to open up more services in the NHS again we know how frustrating it is that things are slow and waiting times are long, but we are doing our very best to deal with everything as quickly as possible and in order of clinical priority. We do understand that some of you may have had a problem for some time and not...
This advice has been received by the Public Hall from Rhino Safety,The requirement to wear face coverings in certain locations has been expanded; it is important to note that this applies to members of the public in these locations, not employees within their own workplace. However, if your workplace falls under the expanded categories and you have members of the public visiting your...
AlisonYesterday I was rescuing a dragonfly from my kitchen. Today I found this guy wandering merrily down the pavement on Stafford Street. He's now safe and happily munching on a fuchsia in my neighbours garden.JackieThis fearsome looking beastie was spotted by my eagle eyed neighbour on the pavement in Stafford Street, and moving at speed towards the road. Possibly a refugee of...
Wednesday 12th Aug
Tuesday 11th Aug
Methodist Meeting Rooms