Franz Kafka


Born
in Prague, 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 French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.

Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-Ferdinan
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The Metamorphosis

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The Trial

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The Metamorphosis and Other...

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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...

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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.”
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“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”
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“I am a cage, in search of a bird.”
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Polls

January 2016 New School Group Read

1937, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 366 pages
 
  23 votes, 15.2%

 
  21 votes, 13.9%

1915, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 201 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.9%

1953, Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, 181 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.6%

 
  13 votes, 8.6%

1954, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 182 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.9%

 
  11 votes, 7.3%

1999, Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, 617 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.0%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

1984, The Bone People by Keri Hulme, 450 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.3%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1926, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, 218 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

1957, The Assistant by Bernard Malamud, 246 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

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