Franz Kafka


Born
in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary, Czech Republic
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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Polls

December 2017 New School Read

The Trial by Franz Kafka, 1925, 255 pages
 
  58 votes, 16.8%

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, 1996, 468 pages
 
  44 votes, 12.8%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 1941, 104 pages
 
  35 votes, 10.1%

 
  34 votes, 9.9%

My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 1918, 232 pages
 
  27 votes, 7.8%

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 1981, 647 pages
 
  26 votes, 7.5%

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, 1989, 637 pages
 
  25 votes, 7.2%

I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 1934, 468 pages
 
  23 votes, 6.7%

Possession by A.S. Byatt, 1990, 555 pages
 
  22 votes, 6.4%

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 1924, 225 pages
 
  20 votes, 5.8%

 
  17 votes, 4.9%

So Big by Edna Ferber, 1924, 376 pages
 
  5 votes, 1.4%

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 1971, 569 pages
 
  5 votes, 1.4%

The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, 1967, 200 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.2%

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