Franz Kafka


Born
in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
July 03, 1883

Died
June 03, 1924

Genre

Influences


Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

His stories include "The Metamorphosis" (1912) and "In the Penal Colony" (1914), while his novels are The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926) and Amerika (1927).

Kafka's first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech. Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.

Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-
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The Metamorphosis

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3.80 avg rating — 506,569 ratings — published 1915 — 1759 editions
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The Trial

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3.98 avg rating — 191,314 ratings — published 1925 — 1126 editions
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The Metamorphosis and Other...

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4.04 avg rating — 47,594 ratings — published 1915 — 241 editions
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The Castle

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The Complete Stories

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Amerika

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The Metamorphosis, In the P...

4.04 avg rating — 14,427 ratings — published 1915 — 19 editions
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In the Penal Colony

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A Hunger Artist

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Letter to His Father

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“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
Franz Kafka

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”
Franz Kafka

“I am a cage, in search of a bird.”
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Polls

October 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  56 votes, 17.7%

 
  48 votes, 15.1%

The Trial by Franz Kafka, 255 pgs, 1925
 
  45 votes, 14.2%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 448 pg, 1969
 
  42 votes, 13.2%

 
  27 votes, 8.5%

 
  22 votes, 6.9%

Howards End by E.M. Forster, 246 pgs, 1910
 
  18 votes, 5.7%

Possession by A.S. Byatt, 555 pgs, 1990
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 127 pages, 1923
 
  15 votes, 4.7%

Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym, 186 pages, 1977
 
  12 votes, 3.8%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984 & 1993
 
  8 votes, 2.5%

 
  8 votes, 2.5%

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