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Franz Kafka

Czech novelist and short story writer, Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924), is highly regarded by literary critics and praised as one of the most influential twentieth century authors.
His most famous works are The Metamorphosis (translation from German: “Die Verwandlung”), The Trial (“Der Process”), and The Castle (“Das Schloss”). Featuring themes of parent-child conflict (he had a strained relationship with his father), mysterious transformations and transfigurations, and psychological struggles, The Metamorphosis is the most emblematic of Kafka’s writings.
After being trained as a lawyer, Kafka took work at an insurance company. He was a prolific letter writer, expressing resentment that he lacked the time for his real passion– writing– because he had to spend so much time at his “day job.”


  • The Metamorphosis
  • The Trial
  • Short Stories

  • A Country Doctor
  • A Hunger Artist
  • An Imperial Message
  • A Report to an Academy
  • Before the Law
  • In the Penal Colony
  • Jackals and Arabs
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Hunter Gracchus
  • The Judgment
  • Up in the Gallery