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Kafka Franz (18831924)

German-language novelist, b. Prague. Along with Joyce, Kafka is perhaps the most influential of 20th-century writers. From a middle-class Jewish family from Bohemia, he spent most of his life in Prague. He studied law and then obtained a position in the workmens compensation division of Austro-Hungarian government. Most of his works were published posthumously. His major novels include Der Prozess (1925, tr. The Trial, 1937, 1998), Das Schloss (1926, tr. The Castle, 1930, 1998), and Amerika (1927, tr. 1938), the latter the first novel he wrote (1913) and the last to be published. In prose that is remarkable for its clarity and precision, Kafka presents a world that is at once real and dreamlike and in which individuals burdened with guilt, isolation, and anxiety make a futile search for personal salvation. Important stories appearing during his lifetime were Das Urteil (1913, tr. The Judgement, 1945), Die Verwandlung (1915, tr. The Metamorphosis, 1937), Ein Landarzt (1919, tr. A Country Doctor, 1945), In der Strafkolonie (1920, tr. In the Penal Colony, 1941), and Ein Hungerkünstler (1922, tr. A Hunger Artist, 1938).

Czech Republic, 2008, Franz Kafka

Czechoslovakia, 1967, Kafka's house

Czechoslovakia, 1969, Franz Kafka

France, 2008, Kafka's house

German Federal Republic, 1983, Kafka's Signature and Teyn Church, Prague

German Federal Republic, 2008, Man is seating at the table

Israel, 1998, Franz Kafka

Nicaragua, 1995, Franz Kafka

Portugal, 2000, Writers

Austria, 1994.06.03, Klosterneuburg. Franz Kafka

German Federal Republic, 1983.05.05, Bonn. Franz Kafka

German Federal Republic, 2008.07.03, Berlin. Franz Kafka

German Federal Republic, 2008.07.03, Bonn. Franz Kafka

Czech Republic, 2008, Franz Kafka

Czech Republic, 2009, Franz Kafka


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