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{edih}192437df=y}}Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria, First Austrian Republic>Austria
  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • insurance officer
{edih}| alma_mater = German Charles-Ferdinand University, Prague }}
  • Hermann Kafka
  • Julie Kafka (née Löwy)
{edih}
  • "" ("The Metamorphosis")
  • (The Trial)
  • "" ("The Judgment")
  • (The Castle)
  • (Contemplation)
  • ({{nowrap|A Hunger Artist{edih})
  • ({{nowrap|Letters to Felice}})
}}Modernist literature>Modernism| signature = Franz Kafka's signature.svg}}Franz Kafka{{efn|{{IPAc-en|UK|ˈ|k|æ|f|k|É™}}, {{IPAc-en|US|ˈ|k|ɑː|f|-}};"Kafka", Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary {{IPA-de|ˈkafkaː|lang}}; {{IPA-cs|ˈkafka|lang}}; in Czech he was sometimes called FrantiÅ¡ek Kafka.}} (3 July 1883 â€“ 3 June 1924) was a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic,JOURNAL, Spindler, William, Magical Realism: A Typology, 1993, 10.1093/fmls/XXIX.1.75, Forum for Modern Language Studies, XXIX, 1, 90–93, typically features isolated protagonists facing bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible socio-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity.{{Britannica|309545}} His best known works include "" ("The Metamorphosis"), (The Trial), and (The Castle). The term (:en:wikt:Kafkaesque|Kafkaesque) has entered the English language to describe situations like those found in his writing.{{sfn|Steinhauer|1983|pp = 390–408}}Kafka was born into a middle-class Ashkenazi Jewish family in Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today the capital of the Czech Republic. He trained as a lawyer and after completing his legal education was employed full-time by an insurance company, forcing him to relegate writing to his spare time. Over the course of his life, Kafka wrote hundreds of letters to family and close friends, including his father, with whom he had a strained and formal relationship. He became engaged to several women but never married. He died in 1924 at the age of 40 from tuberculosis.Few of Kafka's works were published during his lifetime: the story collections (Contemplation) and (A Country Doctor), and individual stories (such as "") were published in literary magazines but received little public attention. In his will, Kafka instructed his executor and friend Max Brod to destroy his unfinished works, including his novels , and (translated as both Amerika and The Man Who Disappeared), but Brod ignored these instructions. His work has influenced a vast range of writers, critics, artists, and philosophers during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Life

Early life

(File:Kafka's parents c1913.jpg|thumb|Hermann and Julie Kafka)(File:Kafka-sisters.jpg|thumb|Franz Kafka's sisters, from the left Valli, Elli, Ottla)Kafka was born near the Old Town Square in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His family were German-speaking middle-class Ashkenazi Jews. His father, Hermann Kafka (1854–1931), was the fourth child of Jakob Kafka,{{sfn|Gilman|2005|pp=20–21}}{{sfn|Northey|1997|pp=8–10}} a or ritual slaughterer in Osek, a Czech village with a large Jewish population located near Strakonice in southern Bohemia.{{sfn|Kohoutikriz|2011}} Hermann brought the Kafka family to Prague. After working as a travelling sales representative, he eventually became a fashion retailer who employed up to 15 people and used the image of a jackdaw ( in Czech, pronounced and colloquially written as kafka) as his business logo.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 3–5}} Kafka's mother, Julie (1856–1934), was the daughter of Jakob Löwy, a prosperous retail merchant in PodÄ›brady,{{sfn|Northey|1997|p = 92}} and was better educated than her husband.{{sfn|Gilman|2005|pp = 20–21}}Kafka's parents probably spoke a German influenced by Yiddish that was sometimes pejoratively called Mauscheldeutsch, but, as the German language was considered the vehicle of social mobility, they probably encouraged their children to speak Standard German.{{sfn|Gray|2005|pp = 147–148}} Hermann and Julie had six children, of whom Franz was the eldest.{{sfn|Hamalian|1974|p = 3}} Franz's two brothers, Georg and Heinrich, died in infancy before Franz was seven; his three sisters were Gabriele ("Ellie") (1889–1944), Valerie ("Valli") (1890–1942) and Ottilie ("Ottla") (1892–1943). All three died during the Holocaust of World War II. Valli was deported to the Łódź Ghetto in occupied Poland in 1942, but that is the last documentation of her. Ottilie was Kafka's favourite sister.BOOK, The Metamorphosis, Kafka, Franz, Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, 2009, 978-1-4165-9968-5, New York, ix, Hermann is described by the biographer Stanley Corngold as a "huge, selfish, overbearing businessman"{{sfn|Corngold|1972|pp = xii, 11}} and by Franz Kafka as "a true Kafka in strength, health, appetite, loudness of voice, eloquence, self-satisfaction, worldly dominance, endurance, presence of mind, [and] knowledge of human nature".{{sfn|Kafka-Franz, Father|2012}} On business days, both parents were absent from the home, with Julie Kafka working as many as 12 hours each day helping to manage the family business. Consequently, Kafka's childhood was somewhat lonely,{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 9}} and the children were reared largely by a series of governesses and servants. Kafka's troubled relationship with his father is evident in his (Letter to His Father) of more than 100 pages, in which he complains of being profoundly affected by his father's authoritarian and demanding character;{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 15–16}} his mother, in contrast, was quiet and shy.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 19–20}} The dominating figure of Kafka's father had a significant influence on Kafka's writing.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 15, 17, 22–23}}The Kafka family had a servant girl living with them in a cramped apartment. Franz's room was often cold. In November 1913 the family moved into a bigger apartment, although Ellie and Valli had married and moved out of the first apartment. In early August 1914, just after World War I began, the sisters did not know where their husbands were in the military and moved back in with the family in this larger apartment. Both Ellie and Valli also had children. Franz at age 31 moved into Valli's former apartment, quiet by contrast, and lived by himself for the first time.{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 390–391, 462–463}}

Education

From 1889 to 1893, Kafka attended the German boys' elementary school at the (meat market), now known as Masná Street. His Jewish education ended with his Bar Mitzvah celebration at the age of 13. Kafka never enjoyed attending the synagogue and went with his father only on four high holidays a year.{{sfn|Kafka-Franz, Father|2012}}{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 13}}{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 26–27}}File:Prague Palace Kinsky PC.jpg|thumb|Kinský PalaceKinský PalaceAfter leaving elementary school in 1893, Kafka was admitted to the rigorous classics-oriented state gymnasium, , an academic secondary school at Old Town Square, within the Kinský Palace. German was the language of instruction, but Kafka also spoke and wrote in Czech.{{sfn|Hawes|2008|p = 29}}{{sfn|Sayer|1996|pp = 164–210}} He studied the latter at the gymnasium for eight years, achieving good grades.{{sfn|Kempf|2005|pp = 159–160}} Although Kafka received compliments for his Czech, he never considered himself fluent in Czech, though he spoke German with a Czech accent.{{sfn|Koelb|2010|p = 12}}{{sfn|Sayer|1996|pp = 164–210}} He completed his Matura exams in 1901.{{sfn|Corngold|2004|p = xii}}Admitted to the of Prague in 1901, Kafka began studying chemistry, but switched to law after two weeks.{{sfn|Diamant|2003|pp = 36–38}} Although this field did not excite him, it offered a range of career possibilities which pleased his father. In addition, law required a longer course of study, giving Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 40–41}} He also joined a student club, (Reading and Lecture Hall of the German students), which organised literary events, readings and other activities.{{sfn|Gray|2005|p = 179}} Among Kafka's friends were the journalist Felix Weltsch, who studied philosophy, the actor Yitzchak Lowy who came from an orthodox Hasidic Warsaw family, and the writers Oskar Baum and Franz Werfel.{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 43–70}}At the end of his first year of studies, Kafka met Max Brod, a fellow law student who became a close friend for life.{{sfn|Gray|2005|p = 179}} Brod soon noticed that, although Kafka was shy and seldom spoke, what he said was usually profound.{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 40}} Kafka was an avid reader throughout his life;{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 14}} together he and Brod read Plato's Protagoras in the original Greek, on Brod's initiative, and Flaubert's and (The Temptation of Saint Anthony) in French, at his own suggestion.{{sfn|Brod|1966|pp = 53–54}} Kafka considered Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Nikolai Gogol, Franz Grillparzer,{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 362}} and Heinrich von Kleist to be his "true blood brothers".{{sfn|Gray|2005|pp = 74, 273}} Besides these, he took an interest in Czech literature{{sfn|Hawes|2008|p = 29}}{{sfn|Sayer|1996|pp = 164–210}} and was also very fond of the works of Goethe.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 51, 122–124}}{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 80–83}} Kafka was awarded the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 July 1906{{efn|Some sources list June (Murray) as Kafka's graduation month and some list July (Brod).{{sfn|Murray|2004|p=62}}{{sfn|Brod|1960|p=78}}}} and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.{{sfn|Steinhauer|1983|pp = 390–408}}

Employment

(File:Na Porici 7, Prague.JPG|thumb|upright|Former home of the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute)On 1 November 1907, Kafka was hired at the , an insurance company, where he worked for nearly a year. His correspondence during that period indicates that he was unhappy with a work schedule—from 08:00 until 18:00{{sfn|Karl|1991|p = 210}}{{sfn|Glen|2007|pp = 23–66}}—that made it extremely difficult to concentrate on writing, which was assuming increasing importance to him. On 15 July 1908, he resigned. Two weeks later, he found employment more amenable to writing when he joined the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia. The job involved investigating and assessing compensation for personal injury to industrial workers; accidents such as lost fingers or limbs were commonplace, owing to poor work safety policies at the time. It was especially true of factories fitted with machine lathes, drills, planing machines and rotary saws, which were rarely fitted with safety guards.{{sfn|Corngold et al.|2009|p = 28}}The management professor Peter Drucker credits Kafka with developing the first civilian hard hat while employed at the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute, but this is not supported by any document from his employer.{{sfn|Drucker|2002|p = 24}}{{sfn|Corngold et al.|2009|pp = 250–254}} His father often referred to his son's job as an insurance officer as a , literally "bread job", a job done only to pay the bills; Kafka often claimed to despise it. Kafka was rapidly promoted and his duties included processing and investigating compensation claims, writing reports, and handling appeals from businessmen who thought their firms had been placed in too high a risk category, which cost them more in insurance premiums.{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 26–30}} He would compile and compose the annual report on the insurance institute for the several years he worked there. The reports were well received by his superiors.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 81–84}} Kafka usually got off work at 2 P.M., so that he had time to spend on his literary work, to which he was committed.{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 23–25}} Kafka's father also expected him to help out at and take over the family fancy goods store.{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 25–27}} In his later years, Kafka's illness often prevented him from working at the insurance bureau and at his writing. Years later, Brod coined the term ("The Close Prague Circle") to describe the group of writers, which included Kafka, Felix Weltsch and him.{{sfn|Spector|2000|p = 17}}{{sfn|Keren|1993|p = 3}}In late 1911, Elli's husband Karl Hermann and Kafka became partners in the first asbestos factory in Prague, known as Prager Asbestwerke Hermann & Co., having used dowry money from Hermann Kafka. Kafka showed a positive attitude at first, dedicating much of his free time to the business, but he later resented the encroachment of this work on his writing time.{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 34–39}} During that period, he also found interest and entertainment in the performances of Yiddish theatre. After seeing a Yiddish theatre troupe perform in October 1911, for the next six months Kafka "immersed himself in Yiddish language and in Yiddish literature".{{sfn|Koelb|2010|p = 32}} This interest also served as a starting point for his growing exploration of Judaism.{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 56–58}} It was at about this time that Kafka became a vegetarian.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 29, 73–75, 109–110, 206}} Around 1915, Kafka received his draft notice for military service in World War{{nbsp}}I, but his employers at the insurance institute arranged for a deferment because his work was considered essential government service. He later attempted to join the military but was prevented from doing so by medical problems associated with tuberculosis,{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 154}} with which he was diagnosed in 1917.{{sfn|Corngold|2011|pp = 339–343}} In 1918, the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute put Kafka on a pension due to his illness, for which there was no cure at the time, and he spent most of the rest of his life in sanatoriums.{{sfn|Steinhauer|1983|pp = 390–408}}

Private life

Kafka never married. According to Brod, Kafka was "tortured" by sexual desire{{sfn|Hawes|2008|p = 186}} and Kafka's biographer Reiner Stach states that his life was full of "incessant womanising" and that he was filled with a fear of "sexual failure".{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 44, 207}} Kafka visited brothels for most of his adult life{{sfn|Hawes|2008|pp = 186, 191}}{{sfn|European Graduate School|2012}}{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 43}} and was interested in pornography.{{sfn|Hawes|2008|p = 186}} In addition, he had close relationships with several women during his life. On 13 August 1912, Kafka met Felice Bauer, a relative of Brod, who worked in Berlin as a representative of a dictaphone company. A week after the meeting at Brod's home, Kafka wrote in his diary:{{sfn|Köhler|2012}}}}Shortly after this meeting, Kafka wrote the story "" ("The Judgment") in only one night and worked in a productive period on (The Man Who Disappeared) and "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"). Kafka and Felice Bauer communicated mostly through letters over the next five years, met occasionally, and were engaged twice.{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 1}} Kafka's extant letters to Bauer were published as (Letters to Felice); her letters do not survive.{{sfn|Banville|2011}}{{sfn|Seubert|2012}}{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 196–197}} According to the biographers Stach and James Hawes, Kafka became engaged a third time around 1920, to Julie Wohryzek, a poor and uneducated hotel chambermaid.{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 1}}{{sfn|Hawes|2008|pp = 129, 198–199}} Although the two rented a flat and set a wedding date, the marriage never took place. During this time, Kafka began a draft of Letter to His Father, who objected to Julie because of her Zionist beliefs. Before the date of the intended marriage, he took up with yet another woman.{{sfn|Murray|2004|pp = 276–279}} While he needed women and sex in his life, he had low self-confidence, felt sex was dirty, and was cripplingly shy—especially about his body.{{sfn|Steinhauer|1983|pp = 390–408}}Stach and Brod state that during the time that Kafka knew Felice Bauer, he had an affair with a friend of hers, Margarethe "Grete" Bloch,{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 379–389}} a Jewish woman from Berlin. Brod says that Bloch gave birth to Kafka's son, although Kafka never knew about the child. The boy, whose name is not known, was born in 1914 or 1915 and died in Munich in 1921.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 240–242}}{{sfn|S. Fischer|2012}} However, Kafka's biographer Peter-André Alt says that, while Bloch had a son, Kafka was not the father as the pair were never intimate.{{sfn|Alt|2005|p = 303}}{{sfn|Hawes|2008|pp = 180–181}} Stach points out that there is a great deal of contradictory evidence around the claim that Kafka was the father.{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 1, 379–389, 434–436}}Kafka was diagnosed with tuberculosis in August 1917 and moved for a few months to the Bohemian village of Zürau (Siřem in the Czech language), where his sister Ottla worked on the farm of her brother-in-law Karl Hermann. He felt comfortable there and later described this time as perhaps the best period of his life, probably because he had no responsibilities. He kept diaries and (octavo). From the notes in these books, Kafka extracted 109 numbered pieces of text on Zettel, single pieces of paper in no given order. They were later published as (The Zürau Aphorisms or Reflections on Sin, Hope, Suffering, and the True Way).{{sfn|Apel|2012|p = 28}}In 1920, Kafka began an intense relationship with Milena Jesenská, a Czech journalist and writer. His letters to her were later published as .{{sfn|Brod|1966|p=389}} During a vacation in July 1923 to Graal-Müritz on the Baltic Sea, Kafka met Dora Diamant, a 25-year-old kindergarten teacher from an orthodox Jewish family. Kafka, hoping to escape the influence of his family to concentrate on his writing, moved briefly to Berlin (September 1923-March 1924) and lived with Diamant. She became his lover and sparked his interest in the Talmud.{{sfn|Hempel|2002}} He worked on four stories, all of which were intended for publication, including (A Hunger Artist).{{sfn|Brod|1966|p=389}}

Personality

(File:Kafka1906 cropped.jpg|left|thumb|upright|Kafka in 1906)Kafka had a lifelong suspicion that people found him mentally and physically repulsive. However, those who met him invariably found him to possess a quiet and cool demeanor, obvious intelligence, and a dry sense of humour; they also found him boyishly handsome, although of austere appearance.{{sfn|Janouch|1971|pp = 14, 17}}{{sfn|Fichter|1987|pp = 367–377}}{{sfn|Repertory|2005}} Brod compared Kafka to Heinrich von Kleist, noting that both writers had the ability to describe a situation realistically with precise details.{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 41}} Brod thought Kafka was one of the most entertaining people he had met; Kafka enjoyed sharing humour with his friends, but also helped them in difficult situations with good advice.{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 42}} According to Brod, he was a passionate reciter, able to phrase his speech as though it were music.{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 97}} Brod felt that two of Kafka's most distinguishing traits were "absolute truthfulness" () and "precise conscientiousness" ().{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 49}}{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 47}} He explored details, the inconspicuous, in depth and with such love and precision that things surfaced that were unforeseen, seemingly strange, but absolutely true ().{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 52}}Although Kafka showed little interest in exercise as a child, he later developed a passion for games and physical activity,{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 14}} and was an accomplished rider, swimmer, and rower.{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 49}} On weekends, he and his friends embarked on long hikes, often planned by Kafka himself.{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 90}} His other interests included alternative medicine, modern education systems such as Montessori,{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 49}} and technological novelties such as airplanes and film.{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 92}} Writing was vitally important to Kafka; he considered it a "form of prayer".{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 214}} He was highly sensitive to noise and preferred absolute quiet when writing.{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 156}}Pérez-Álvarez has claimed that Kafka may have possessed a schizoid personality disorder.{{sfn|Pérez-Álvarez|2003|pp = 181–194}} His style, it is claimed, not only in "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), but in various other writings, appears to show low to medium-level schizoid traits, which Pérez-Álvarez claims to have influenced much of his work.{{sfn|Miller|1984|pp = 242–306}} His anguish can be seen in this diary entry from 21 June 1913:{{sfn|McElroy|1985|pp = 217–232}}The tremendous world I have inside my head, but how to free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times rather be torn to pieces than retain it in me or bury it. That, indeed, is why I am here, that is quite clear to me{{sfn|Kafka|Brod|1988|p = 222}} }}and in Zürau Aphorism number 50:}}Alessia Coralli and Antonio Perciaccante of San Giovanni di Dio Hospital have posited that Kafka may have had borderline personality disorder with co-occurring psychophysiological insomnia.JOURNAL, Franz Kafka: An emblematic case of co-occurrence of sleep and psychiatryc disorders, Sleep Science, 9, 1, 5–6, Alessia, Coralli, Antonio, Perciaccante, 12 April 2016, Sleep Sci, 4866976, 27217905, 10.1016/j.slsci.2016.02.177, Joan Lachkar interpreted Die Verwandlung as "a vivid depiction of the borderline personality" and described the story as "model for Kafka's own abandonment fears, anxiety, depression, and parasitic dependency needs. Kafka illuminated the borderline's general confusion of normal and healthy desires, wishes, and needs with something ugly and disdainful."{{sfn|Lachkar|1992|p = 30}}Though Kafka never married, he held marriage and children in high esteem. He had several girlfriends and lovers across his life.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 139–140}} He may have suffered from an eating disorder. Doctor Manfred M. Fichter of the Psychiatric Clinic, University of Munich, presented "evidence for the hypothesis that the writer Franz Kafka had suffered from an atypical anorexia nervosa",{{sfn|Fichter|1988|pp = 231–238}} and that Kafka was not just lonely and depressed but also "occasionally suicidal".{{sfn|Fichter|1987|pp = 367–377}} In his 1995 book Franz Kafka, the Jewish Patient, Sander Gilman investigated "why a Jew might have been considered 'hypochondriacal' or 'homosexual' and how Kafka incorporates aspects of these ways of understanding the Jewish male into his own self-image and writing".{{sfn|Gilman|1995|pp = 63ff., 160-163 }} Kafka considered suicide at least once, in late 1912.{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 128}}

Political views

Prior to World War I,{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 86}} Kafka attended several meetings of the Klub mladých, a Czech anarchist, anti-militarist, and anti-clerical organization.{{sfn|Lib.com|2008}} Hugo Bergmann, who attended the same elementary and high schools as Kafka, fell out with Kafka during their last academic year (1900–1901) because "[Kafka's] socialism and my Zionism were much too strident".{{sfn|Bergman|1969|p = 8}}{{sfn|Bruce|2007|p = 17}} "Franz became a socialist, I became a Zionist in 1898. The synthesis of Zionism and socialism did not yet exist".{{sfn|Bruce|2007|p = 17}} Bergmann claims that Kafka wore a red carnation to school to show his support for socialism.{{sfn|Bruce|2007|p = 17}} In one diary entry, Kafka made reference to the influential anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin: "Don't forget Kropotkin!"{{sfn|Preece|2001|p = 131}}During the communist era, the legacy of Kafka's work for Eastern bloc socialism was hotly debated. Opinions ranged from the notion that he satirised the bureaucratic bungling of a crumbling Austria-Hungarian Empire, to the belief that he embodied the rise of socialism.{{sfn|Hughes|1986|pp = 248–249}} A further key point was Marx's theory of alienation. While the orthodox position was that Kafka's depictions of alienation were no longer relevant for a society that had supposedly eliminated alienation, a 1963 conference held in Liblice, Czechoslovakia, on the eightieth anniversary of his birth, reassessed the importance of Kafka's portrayal of bureaucracy.{{sfn|Bathrick|1995|pp = 67–70}} Whether or not Kafka was a political writer is still an issue of debate.{{sfn|Socialist Worker|2007}}

Judaism and Zionism

{{further|Franz Kafka and Judaism}}(File:Franz Kafka 1910.jpg|thumb|upright|Kafka in 1910)Kafka grew up in Prague as a German-speaking Jew.{{sfn|History Guide|2006|p=}} He was deeply fascinated by the Jews of Eastern Europe, who he thought possessed an intensity of spiritual life that was absent from Jews in the West. His diary is full of references to Yiddish writers.{{sfn|Haaretz|2008|p=}} Yet he was at times alienated from Judaism and Jewish life. On 8 January 1914, he wrote in his diary:What have I in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe.{{sfn|Kafka|Brod|1988|p = 252}}{{sfn|Kafka-Franz|2012}} |sign=|source=}}In his adolescent years, Kafka declared himself an atheist.{{sfn|Gilman|2005|p = 31}}Hawes suggests that Kafka, though very aware of his own Jewishness, did not incorporate it into his work, which, according to Hawes, lacks Jewish characters, scenes or themes.{{sfn|Connolly|2008}}{{sfn|Harper's|2008}}{{sfn|Hawes|2008|pp = 119–126}} In the opinion of literary critic Harold Bloom, although Kafka was uneasy with his Jewish heritage, he was the quintessential Jewish writer.{{sfn|Bloom|1994|p = 428}} Lothar Kahn is likewise unequivocal: "The presence of Jewishness in Kafka's is no longer subject to doubt".{{sfn|Kahn|Hook|1993|p = 191}} Pavel Eisner, one of Kafka's first translators, interprets (The Trial) as the embodiment of the "triple dimension of Jewish existence in Prague{{nbsp}}... his protagonist Josef K. is (symbolically) arrested by a German (Rabensteiner), a Czech (Kullich), and a Jew (Kaminer). He stands for the 'guiltless guilt' that imbues the Jew in the modern world, although there is no evidence that he himself is a Jew".{{sfn|Rothkirchen|2005|p = 23}}In his essay Sadness in Palestine?!, Dan Miron explores Kafka's connection to Zionism: "It seems that those who claim that there was such a connection and that Zionism played a central role in his life and literary work, and those who deny the connection altogether or dismiss its importance, are both wrong. The truth lies in some very elusive place between these two simplistic poles".{{sfn|Haaretz|2008}} Kafka considered moving to Palestine with Felice Bauer, and later with Dora Diamant. He studied Hebrew while living in Berlin, hiring a friend of Brod's from Palestine, Pua Bat-Tovim, to tutor him{{sfn|Haaretz|2008}} and attending Rabbi Julius Grünthal'sTal, Josef. Tonspur – Auf Der Suche Nach Dem Klang Des Lebens. Berlin: Henschel, 2005. pp. 43–44 and Rabbi Julius Guttmann's classes in the Berlin (College for the Study of Judaism).{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 196}}Livia Rothkirchen calls Kafka the "symbolic figure of his era".{{sfn|Rothkirchen|2005|p = 23}} His contemporaries included numerous Jewish, Czech, and German writers who were sensitive to Jewish, Czech, and German culture. According to Rothkirchen, "This situation lent their writings a broad cosmopolitan outlook and a quality of exaltation bordering on transcendental metaphysical contemplation. An illustrious example is Franz Kafka".{{sfn|Rothkirchen|2005|p = 23}}Towards the end of his life Kafka sent a postcard to his friend Hugo Bergman in Tel Aviv, announcing his intention to emigrate to Palestine. Bergman refused to host Kafka because he had young children and was afraid that Kafka would infect them with tuberculosis.{{sfn|Bloom|2011}}

Death

(File:Grave of Kafka.JPG|thumb|upright|Franz Kafka's grave in Prague-Žižkov designed by Leopold Ehrmann|alt=A tapering six-sided stone structure lists the names of three deceased persons: Franz, Hermann, and Julie Kafka. Each name has a passage in Hebrew below it.)Kafka's laryngeal tuberculosis worsened and in March 1924 he returned from Berlin to Prague,{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 1}} where members of his family, principally his sister Ottla and Dora Diamant, took care of him. He went to Dr. Hoffmann's sanatorium in Kierling just outside Vienna for treatment on 10 April,{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 389}} and died there on 3 June 1924. The cause of death seemed to be starvation: the condition of Kafka's throat made eating too painful for him, and since parenteral nutrition had not yet been developed, there was no way to feed him.{{sfn|Believer|2006}}{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 209–211}} Kafka was editing "A Hunger Artist" on his deathbed, a story whose composition he had begun before his throat closed to the point that he could not take any nourishment.{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 211}} His body was brought back to Prague where he was buried on 11 June 1924, in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague-Žižkov.{{sfn|European Graduate School|2012}} Kafka was virtually unknown during his own lifetime, but he did not consider fame important. He rose to fame rapidly after his death,{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 214}} particularly after World War II. The Kafka tombstone was designed by architect Leopold Ehrmann.F. Kafka, New Jewish Cemetery, Prague: Marsyas 1991, p. 56{{clear left}}

Works

{{further|Franz Kafka bibliography}}File:De Kafka Brief an den Vater 001.jpg|thumb|upright|First page of Kafka's alt=an old letter with text written in GermanAll of Kafka's published works, except some letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesenská, were written in German. What little was published during his lifetime attracted scant public attention.Kafka finished none of his full-length novels and burned around 90 percent of his work,{{sfn|New York Times|2010}}{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 2}} much of it during the period he lived in Berlin with Diamant, who helped him burn the drafts.{{sfn|Murray|2004|pp = 367}} In his early years as a writer, he was influenced by von Kleist, whose work he described in a letter to Bauer as frightening, and whom he considered closer than his own family.{{sfn|Furst|1992|p = 84}}

Stories

Kafka's earliest published works were eight stories which appeared in 1908 in the first issue of the literary journal Hyperion under the title (Contemplation). He wrote the story "" ("Description of a Struggle"){{efn|"" also translates to "fight".}} in 1904; he showed it to Brod in 1905 who advised him to continue writing and convinced him to submit it to Hyperion. Kafka published a fragment in 1908{{sfn|Pawel|1985|pp = 160–163}} and two sections in the spring of 1909, all in Munich.{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 388}}In a creative outburst on the night of 22 September 1912, Kafka wrote the story "Das Urteil" ("The Judgment", literally: "The Verdict") and dedicated it to Felice Bauer. Brod noted the similarity in names of the main character and his fictional fiancée, Georg Bendemann and Frieda Brandenfeld, to Franz Kafka and Felice Bauer.{{sfn|Brod|1966|ps = 114f}} The story is often considered Kafka's breakthrough work. It deals with the troubled relationship of a son and his dominant father, facing a new situation after the son's engagement.{{sfn|Ernst|2010}}{{sfn|Hawes|2008|pp = 159, 192}} Kafka later described writing it as "a complete opening of body and soul",{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 113}} a story that "evolved as a true birth, covered with filth and slime".{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 129}} The story was first published in Leipzig in 1912 and dedicated "to Miss Felice Bauer", and in subsequent editions "for F."{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 389}}In 1912, Kafka wrote "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis", or "The Transformation"),{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 113}} published in 1915 in Leipzig. The story begins with a travelling salesman waking to find himself transformed into an , a monstrous vermin, being a general term for unwanted and unclean animals. Critics regard the work as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century.{{sfn|Sokel|1956|pp = 203–214}}{{sfn|Luke|1951|pp = 232–245}}{{sfn|Dodd|1994|pp = 165–168}} The story "In der Strafkolonie" ("In the Penal Colony"), dealing with an elaborate torture and execution device, was written in October 1914,{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 389}} revised in 1918, and published in Leipzig during October 1919. The story "Ein Hungerkünstler" ("A Hunger Artist"), published in the periodical in 1924, describes a victimized protagonist who experiences a decline in the appreciation of his strange craft of starving himself for extended periods.{{sfn|Gray|2005|p = 131}} His last story, "Josefine, die Sängerin oder Das Volk der Mäuse" ("Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk"), also deals with the relationship between an artist and his audience.{{sfn|Horstkotte|2009}}

Novels

He began his first novel in 1912;{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 113}} its first chapter is the story "Der Heizer" ("The Stoker"). Kafka called the work, which remained unfinished, (The Man Who Disappeared or The Missing Man), but when Brod published it after Kafka's death he named it Amerika.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 128, 135, 218}} The inspiration for the novel was the time spent in the audience of Yiddish theatre the previous year, bringing him to a new awareness of his heritage, which led to the thought that an innate appreciation for one's heritage lives deep within each person.{{sfn|Koelb|2010|p = 34}} More explicitly humorous and slightly more realistic than most of Kafka's works, the novel shares the motif of an oppressive and intangible system putting the protagonist repeatedly in bizarre situations.{{sfn|Sussman|1979|pp = 72–94}} It uses many details of experiences of his relatives who had emigrated to America{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 79}} and is the only work for which Kafka considered an optimistic ending.{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 137}}During 1914, Kafka began the novel (The Trial),{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 388}} the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader. Kafka did not complete the novel, although he finished the final chapter. According to Nobel Prize winner and Kafka scholar Elias Canetti, Felice is central to the plot of Der Process and Kafka said it was "her story".{{sfn|Stach|2005|pp = 108–115, 147, 139, 232}}{{sfn|Kakutani|1988}} Canetti titled his book on Kafka's letters to Felice Kafka's Other Trial, in recognition of the relationship between the letters and the novel.{{sfn|Kakutani|1988}} Michiko Kakutani notes in a review for The New York Times that Kafka's letters have the "earmarks of his fiction: the same nervous attention to minute particulars; the same paranoid awareness of shifting balances of power; the same atmosphere of emotional suffocation—combined, surprisingly enough, with moments of boyish ardor and delight."{{sfn|Kakutani|1988}}According to his diary, Kafka was already planning his novel (The Castle), by 11 June 1914; however, he did not begin writing it until 27 January 1922.{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 388}} The protagonist is the (land surveyor) named K., who struggles for unknown reasons to gain access to the mysterious authorities of a castle who govern the village. Kafka's intent was that the castle's authorities notify K. on his deathbed that his "legal claim to live in the village was not valid, yet, taking certain auxiliary circumstances into account, he was to be permitted to live and work there".{{sfn|Boyd|2004|p = 139}} Dark and at times surreal, the novel is focused on alienation, bureaucracy, the seemingly endless frustrations of man's attempts to stand against the system, and the futile and hopeless pursuit of an unobtainable goal. Hartmut M. Rastalsky noted in his thesis: "Like dreams, his texts combine precise "realistic" detail with absurdity, careful observation and reasoning on the part of the protagonists with inexplicable obliviousness and carelessness."{{sfn|Rastalsky|1997|p = 1}}

Publishing history

(File:Kafka Betrachtung 1912.jpg|thumb|upright|First edition of , 1912|alt=A simple book cover displays the name of the book and the author)Kafka's stories were initially published in literary periodicals. His first eight were printed in 1908 in the first issue of the bi-monthly Hyperion.{{sfn|Itk|2008}} Franz Blei published two dialogues in 1909 which became part of "Beschreibung eines Kampfes" ("Description of a Struggle").{{sfn|Itk|2008}} A fragment of the story "Die Aeroplane in Brescia" ("The Aeroplanes at Brescia"), written on a trip to Italy with Brod, appeared in the daily Bohemia on 28 September 1909.{{sfn|Itk|2008}}{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 94}} On 27 March 1910, several stories that later became part of the book were published in the Easter edition of Bohemia.{{sfn|Itk|2008}}{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 61}} In Leipzig during 1913, Brod and publisher Kurt Wolff included "" ("The Judgment. A Story by Franz Kafka.") in their literary yearbook for the art poetry Arkadia. In the same year, Wolff published "Der Heizer" ("The Stoker") in the Jüngste Tag series, where it enjoyed three printings.{{sfn|Stach|2005|p = 343}} The story "" ("Before the Law") was published in the 1915 New Year's edition of the independent Jewish weekly ; it was reprinted in 1919 as part of the story collection (A Country Doctor) and became part of the novel . Other stories were published in various publications, including Martin Buber's Der Jude, the paper , and the periodicals , Genius, and Prager Presse.{{sfn|Itk|2008}}Kafka's first published book, (Contemplation, or Meditation), was a collection of 18{{nbsp}}stories written between 1904 and 1912. On a summer trip to Weimar, Brod initiated a meeting between Kafka and Kurt Wolff;{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 110}} Wolff published in the at the end of 1912 (with the year given as 1913).{{sfn|European Graduate School, Articles|2012}} Kafka dedicated it to Brod, "", and added in the personal copy given to his friend "Franz K.|italic=no}}" ("As it is already printed here, for my dearest Max").{{sfn|Brod|1966|p = 115}}Kafka's story "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis") was first printed in the October 1915 issue of , a monthly edition of expressionist literature, edited by René Schickele.{{sfn|European Graduate School, Articles|2012}} Another story collection, (A Country Doctor), was published by Kurt Wolff in 1919,{{sfn|European Graduate School, Articles|2012}} dedicated to Kafka's father.{{sfn|Leiter|1958|pp = 337–347}} Kafka prepared a final collection of four stories for print, (A Hunger Artist), which appeared in 1924 after his death, in . On 20 April 1924, the published Kafka's essay on Adalbert Stifter.{{sfn|Krolop|1994|p = 103}}

Max Brod

(File:Kafka Der Prozess 1925.jpg|thumb|upright|First edition of , 1925|alt=A simple book cover in green displays the name of the author and the book)Kafka left his work, both published and unpublished, to his friend and literary executor Max Brod with explicit instructions that it should be destroyed on Kafka's death; Kafka wrote: "Dearest Max, my last request: Everything I leave behind me{{nbsp}}... in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters (my own and others'), sketches, and so on, [is] to be burned unread".{{sfn|Kafka|1988|loc = publisher's notes}}{{sfn|McCarthy|2009}} Brod ignored this request and published the novels and collected works between 1925 and 1935. He took many papers, which remain unpublished, with him in suitcases to Palestine when he fled there in 1939.{{sfn|Butler|2011|pp = 3–8}} Kafka's last lover, Dora Diamant (later, Dymant-Lask), also ignored his wishes, secretly keeping 20{{nbsp}}notebooks and 35{{nbsp}}letters. These were confiscated by the Gestapo in 1933, but scholars continue to search for them.{{sfn|Kafka Project SDSU|2012}}As Brod published the bulk of the writings in his possession,{{sfn|Contijoch|2000}} Kafka's work began to attract wider attention and critical acclaim. Brod found it difficult to arrange Kafka's notebooks in chronological order. One problem was that Kafka often began writing in different parts of the book; sometimes in the middle, sometimes working backwards from the end.{{sfn|Kafka|2009|p = xxvii}}{{sfn|Diamant|2003|p = 144}} Brod finished many of Kafka's incomplete works for publication. For example, Kafka left with unnumbered and incomplete chapters and with incomplete sentences and ambiguous content;{{sfn|Diamant|2003|p = 144}} Brod rearranged chapters, copy-edited the text, and changed the punctuation. appeared in 1925 in . Kurt Wolff published two other novels, in 1926 and Amerika in 1927. In 1931, Brod edited a collection of prose and unpublished stories as (The Great Wall of China), including the story of the same name. The book appeared in the . Brod's sets are usually called the "Definitive Editions".{{sfn|Classe|2000|p = 749}}

Modern editions

In 1961, Malcolm Pasley acquired most of Kafka's original handwritten work for the Oxford Bodleian Library.{{sfn|Jewish Heritage|2012}}{{sfn|Kafka|1998|loc = publisher's notes}} The text for was later purchased through auction and is stored at the German Literary Archives in Marbach am Neckar, Germany.{{sfn|Kafka|1998|loc = publisher's notes}}{{sfn|O'Neill|2004|p = 681}} Subsequently, Pasley headed a team (including Gerhard Neumann, Jost Schillemeit and Jürgen Born) which reconstructed the German novels; republished them.{{sfn|Adler|1995}} Pasley was the editor for , published in 1982, and , published in 1990. Jost Schillemeit was the editor of () published in 1983. These are called the "Critical Editions" or the "Fischer Editions".{{sfn|Oxford Kafka Research Centre|2012}}

Unpublished papers

When Brod died in 1968, he left Kafka's unpublished papers, which are believed to number in the thousands, to his secretary Esther Hoffe.{{sfn|Guardian|2010}} She released or sold some, but left most to her daughters, Eva and Ruth, who also refused to release the papers. A court battle began in 2008 between the sisters and the National Library of Israel, which claimed these works became the property of the nation of Israel when Brod emigrated to British Palestine in 1939. Esther Hoffe sold the original manuscript of for US$2 million in 1988 to the German Literary Archive Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar.{{sfn|New York Times|2010}}{{sfn|Buehrer|2011}} Only Eva was still alive as of 2012.{{sfn|NPR|2012}} A ruling by a Tel Aviv family court in 2010 held that the papers must be released and a few were, including a previously unknown story, but the legal battle continued.{{sfn|Lerman|2010}} The Hoffes claim the papers are their personal property, while the National Library of Israel argues they are "cultural assets belonging to the Jewish people".{{sfn|Lerman|2010}} The National Library also suggests that Brod bequeathed the papers to them in his will. The Tel Aviv Family Court ruled in October 2012 that the papers were the property of the National Library.{{sfn|Rudoren|Noveck|2012}}

Critical response

Critical interpretations

The poet W. H. Auden called Kafka "the Dante of the twentieth century";{{sfn|Bloom|2002|p = 206}} the novelist Vladimir Nabokov placed him among the greatest writers of the 20th century.{{sfn|Durantaye|2007|pp = 315–317}} Gabriel García Márquez noted the reading of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" showed him "that it was possible to write in a different way".{{sfn|Kafka-Franz|2012}}{{sfn|Paris Review|2012}} A prominent theme of Kafka's work, first established in the short story "Das Urteil",{{sfn|Gale Research|1979|pp = 288–311}} is father–son conflict: the guilt induced in the son is resolved through suffering and atonement.{{sfn|Brod|1960|pp = 15–16}}{{sfn|Gale Research|1979|pp = 288–311}} Other prominent themes and archetypes include alienation, physical and psychological brutality, characters on a terrifying quest, and mystical transformation.{{sfn|Bossy|2001|p = 100}}Kafka's style has been compared to that of Kleist as early as 1916, in a review of "Die Verwandlung" and "Der Heizer" by Oscar Walzel in Berliner Beiträge.{{sfn|Furst|1992|p = 83}} The nature of Kafka's prose allows for varied interpretations and critics have placed his writing into a variety of literary schools.{{sfn|Socialist Worker|2007}} Marxists, for example, have sharply disagreed over how to interpret Kafka's works.{{sfn|Lib.com|2008}}{{sfn|Socialist Worker|2007}} Some accused him of distorting reality whereas others claimed he was critiquing capitalism.{{sfn|Socialist Worker|2007}} The hopelessness and absurdity common to his works are seen as emblematic of existentialism.{{sfn|Sokel|2001|pp = 102–109}} Some of Kafka's books are influenced by the expressionist movement, though the majority of his literary output was associated with the experimental modernist genre. Kafka also touches on the theme of human conflict with bureaucracy. William Burroughs claims that such work is centred on the concepts of struggle, pain, solitude, and the need for relationships.{{sfn|Burrows|2011}} Others, such as Thomas Mann, see Kafka's work as allegorical: a quest, metaphysical in nature, for God.{{sfn|Panichas|2004|pp = 83–107}}{{sfn|Gray|1973|p = 3}}According to Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, the themes of alienation and persecution, although present in Kafka's work, have been over-emphasised by critics. They argue Kafka's work is more deliberate and subversive—and more joyful—than may first appear. They point out that reading the Kafka work while focusing on the futility of his characters' struggles reveals Kafka's play of humour; he is not necessarily commenting on his own problems, but rather pointing out how people tend to invent problems. In his work, Kafka often created malevolent, absurd worlds.{{sfn|Kavanagh|1972|pp = 242–253}}{{sfn|Rahn|2011}} Kafka read drafts of his works to his friends, typically concentrating on his humorous prose. The writer Milan Kundera suggests that Kafka's surrealist humour may have been an inversion of Dostoyevsky's presentation of characters who are punished for a crime. In Kafka's work a character is punished although a crime has not been committed. Kundera believes that Kafka's inspirations for his characteristic situations came both from growing up in a patriarchal family and living in a totalitarian state.{{sfn|Kundera|1988|pp = 82–99}}Attempts have been made to identify the influence of Kafka's legal background and the role of law in his fiction.{{sfn|Glen|2007}}{{sfn|Banakar|2010}} Most interpretations identify aspects of law and legality as important in his work,{{sfn|Glen|2011|pp = 47–94}} in which the legal system is often oppressive.{{sfn|Hawes|2008|pp = 216–218}} The law in Kafka's works, rather than being representative of any particular legal or political entity, is usually interpreted to represent a collection of anonymous, incomprehensible forces. These are hidden from the individual but control the lives of the people, who are innocent victims of systems beyond their control.{{sfn|Glen|2011|pp = 47–94}} Critics who support this absurdist interpretation cite instances where Kafka describes himself in conflict with an absurd universe, such as the following entry from his diary:}}However, James Hawes argues many of Kafka's descriptions of the legal proceedings in —metaphysical, absurd, bewildering and nightmarish as they might appear—are based on accurate and informed descriptions of German and Austrian criminal proceedings of the time, which were inquisitorial rather than adversarial.{{sfn|Hawes|2008|pp = 212–214}} Although he worked in insurance, as a trained lawyer Kafka was "keenly aware of the legal debates of his day".{{sfn|Banakar|2010}}{{sfn|Ziolkowski|2003|p = 224}} In an early 21st-century publication that uses Kafka's office writings as its point of departure,{{sfn|Corngold et al.|2009|pp = xi, 169, 188, 388}} Pothik Ghosh states that with Kafka, law "has no meaning outside its fact of being a pure force of domination and determination".{{sfn|Ghosh|2009}}

Translations

The earliest English translations of Kafka's works were by Edwin and Willa Muir, who in 1930 translated the first German edition of . This was published as The Castle by Secker & Warburg in England and Alfred A. Knopf in the United States.{{sfn|Guardian|1930}} A 1941 edition, including a homage by Thomas Mann, spurred a surge in Kafka's popularity in the United States during the late 1940s.{{sfn|Koelb|2010|p = 69}} The Muirs translated all shorter works that Kafka had seen fit to print; they were published by Schocken Books in 1948 as (The Penal Colony: Stories and Short Pieces),{{sfn|Kafka|1948|pp = 3–4}} including additionally The First Long Train Journey, written by Kafka and Brod, Kafka's "A Novel about Youth", a review of Felix Sternheim's Die Geschichte des jungen Oswald, his essay on Kleist's "Anecdotes", his review of the literary magazine Hyperion, and an epilogue by Brod.Later editions, notably those of 1954 (Dearest Father. Stories and Other Writings), included text, translated by Eithne Wilkins and Ernst Kaiser,{{sfn|Kafka|1954|loc = publisher's notes}} which had been deleted by earlier publishers.{{sfn|Adler|1995}} Known as "Definitive Editions", they include translations of The Trial, Definitive, The Castle, Definitive, and other writings. These translations are generally accepted to have a number of biases and are considered to be dated in interpretation.{{sfn|Sokel|2001|p = 63}} Published in 1961 by Schocken Books, Parables and Paradoxes presented in a bilingual edition by Nahum N. Glatzer selected writings,{{sfn|Preece|2001|p = 167}} drawn from notebooks, diaries, letters, short fictional works and the novel Der Process.New translations were completed and published based on the recompiled German text of Pasley and Schillemeit{{nsmdns}}The Castle, Critical by Mark Harman (Schocken Books, 1998),{{sfn|Kafka|1998|loc = publisher's notes}} The Trial, Critical by Breon Mitchell (Schocken Books, 1998),{{sfn|Preece|2001|pp = xv, 225}} and Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared by Michael Hofmann (New Directions Publishing, 2004).{{sfn|Kirsch|2009}}

Translation problems to English

{{further|Franz Kafka bibliography#English translations}}Kafka often made extensive use of a characteristic particular to the German language which permits long sentences that sometimes can span an entire page. Kafka's sentences then deliver an unexpected impact just before the full stop—this being the finalizing meaning and focus. This is due to the construction of subordinate clauses in German which require that the verb be positioned at the end of the sentence. Such constructions are difficult to duplicate in English, so it is up to the translator to provide the reader with the same (or at least equivalent) effect found in the original text.{{sfn|Kafka|1996|p = xi}} German's more flexible word order and syntactical differences provide for multiple ways in which the same German writing can be translated into English.{{sfn|Newmark|1991|pp = 63–64}} An example is the first sentence of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis", which is crucial to the setting and understanding of the entire story:{{sfn|Bloom|2003|pp = 23–26}}. (original)As Gregor Samsa one morning from restless dreams awoke, found he himself in his bed into an enormous vermin transformed. (literal word-for-word translation){{sfn|Prinsky|2002}}}}Another difficult problem facing translators is how to deal with the author's intentional use of ambiguous idioms and words that have several meanings which results in phrasing that is difficult to translate precisely.{{sfn|Lawson|1960|pp = 216–219}}{{sfn|Rhine|1989|pp = 447–458}} One such instance is found in the first sentence of "The Metamorphosis". English translators often render the word as "insect"; in Middle German, however, literally means "an animal unclean for sacrifice";{{sfn|Corngold|1973|p = 10}} in today's German it means vermin. It is sometimes used colloquially to mean "bug"—a very general term, unlike the scientific "insect". Kafka had no intention of labeling Gregor, the protagonist of the story, as any specific thing, but instead wanted to convey Gregor's disgust at his transformation.{{sfn|Sokel|1956|pp = 203–214}}{{sfn|Luke|1951|pp = 232–245}} Another example is Kafka's use of the German noun in the final sentence of "Das Urteil". Literally, means intercourse and, as in English, can have either a sexual or non-sexual meaning; in addition, it is used to mean transport or traffic. The sentence can be translated as: "At that moment an unending stream of traffic crossed over the bridge".{{sfn|Kafka|1996|p = 75}} The double meaning of Verkehr is given added weight by Kafka's confession to Brod that when he wrote that final line, he was thinking of "a violent ejaculation".{{sfn|Brod|1960|p = 129}}{{sfn|Hawes|2008|p = 50}}

Legacy

Literary and cultural influence

File:Kafka statue Prague.jpg|thumb|upright=.6|Jaroslav Róna's bronze alt=The statue is a man with no head or arms, with another man sitting on his shouldersUnlike many famous writers, Kafka is rarely quoted by others. Instead, he is noted more for his visions and perspective.{{sfn|Hawes|2008|p = 4}} Shimon Sandbank, a professor, literary critic, and writer, identifies Kafka as having influenced Jorge Luis Borges, Albert Camus, Eugène Ionesco, J. M. Coetzee and Jean-Paul Sartre.{{sfn|Sandbank|1992|pp = 441–443}} A Financial Times literary critic credits Kafka with influencing José Saramago,{{sfn|Financial Times|2009}} and Al Silverman, a writer and editor, states that J. D. Salinger loved to read Kafka's works.{{sfn|Silverman|1986|pp = 129–130}} In 1999 a committee of 99 authors, scholars, and literary critics ranked and the second and ninth most significant German-language novels of the 20th century.{{sfn|LiteraturHaus|1999}} Sandbank argues that despite Kafka's pervasiveness, his enigmatic style has yet to be emulated.{{sfn|Sandbank|1992|pp = 441–443}} Neil Christian Pages, a professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature at Binghamton University who specialises in Kafka's works, says Kafka's influence transcends literature and literary scholarship; it impacts visual arts, music, and popular culture.{{sfn|Coker|2012}} Harry Steinhauer, a professor of German and Jewish literature, says that Kafka "has made a more powerful impact on literate society than any other writer of the twentieth century".{{sfn|Steinhauer|1983|pp = 390–408}} Brod said that the 20th century will one day be known as the "century of Kafka".{{sfn|Steinhauer|1983|pp = 390–408}}Michel-André Bossy writes that Kafka created a rigidly inflexible and sterile bureaucratic universe. Kafka wrote in an aloof manner full of legal and scientific terms. Yet his serious universe also had insightful humour, all highlighting the "irrationality at the roots of a supposedly rational world".{{sfn|Bossy|2001|p = 100}} His characters are trapped, confused, full of guilt, frustrated, and lacking understanding of their surreal world. Much of the post-Kafka fiction, especially science fiction, follow the themes and precepts of Kafka's universe. This can be seen in the works of authors such as George Orwell and Ray Bradbury.{{sfn|Bossy|2001|p = 100}}The following are examples of works across a range of dramatic, literary, and musical genres which demonstrate the extent of Kafka's cultural influence:{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders sortable" style="text-align: center; margin-right: 0;"! scope="col" | Title! scope="col" | Year! scope="col" | Medium! scope="col" class="unsortable" | Remarks! scope="col" class="unsortable" | RefEin Landarzt (opera)>Ein Landarzt| 1951| opera by Hans Werner Henze, based on Kafka's storyHenze|1951}}| "A Friend of Kafka"| 1962| short story by Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer, about a Yiddish actor called Jacques Kohn who said he knew Franz Kafka; in this story, according to Jacques Kohn, Kafka believed in the Golem, a legendary creature from Jewish folkloreSingerp = 311}}The Trial (1962 film)>The Trial| 1962| film the film's director, Orson Welles, said, "Say what you like, but The Trial is my greatest work, even greater than Citizen Kane"Adamspp = 140–157}}{{sfn1962}}Watermelon Man (film)>Watermelon Man| 1970| film partly inspired by "The Metamorphosis", where a white bigot wakes up as a black manElsaesserp = 117}}| Klassenverhältnisse| 1984| film film adaptation of Amerika directed by Straub-Huillet|| Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24| 1985| music by Hungarian composer György Kurtág for soprano and violin, using fragments of Kafka's diary and lettersOpera Today|2010}}| Kafka's Dick| 1986| play by Alan Bennett, in which the ghosts of Kafka, his father Hermann and Brod arrive at the home of an English insurance clerk (and Kafka aficionado) and his wifeTimes Literary Supplement|2005}}Kafka (film)>Kafka| 1991| film stars Jeremy Irons as the eponymous author; written by Lem Dobbs and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the movie mixes his life and fiction providing a semi-biographical presentation of Kafka's life and works; Kafka investigates the disappearance of one of his colleagues, taking Kafka through many of the writer's own works, most notably The Castle and The TrialWriter's Institute|1992}}Das Schloß (opera)>Das Schloß| 1992| opera German-language opera by Aribert Reimann who wrote his own libretto based on Kafka's novel and its dramatization by Max Brod, premiered on 2 September 1992 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, staged by Willy Decker and conducted by Michael Boder.Herbort|1992}}| Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life| 1993| film short comedy film made for BBC Scotland, won an Oscar, was written and directed by Peter Capaldi, and starred Richard E. Grant as KafkaNew York Times|1993}}| Bad Mojo| 1996| computer game loosely based on The Metamorphosis, with characters named Franz and Roger Samms, alluding to Gregor SamsaDembop = 106}}In the Penal Colony (opera)>In the Penal Colony| 2000| opera by Philip GlassAkalaitis|2001}}| Kafka on the Shore| 2002| novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, on The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2005 list, World Fantasy Award recipientUpdike|2005}}| Statue of Franz Kafka| 2003| sculpture an outdoor sculpture on VÄ›zeňská street in the Jewish Quarter of Prague, by artist Jaroslav RónaTITLE=KAFKA'S STATUE : MEMORY AND FORGETTING IN POSTSOCIALIST PRAGUE DATE=2015 ISSUE=1/2 JSTOR=43493528, 10.4000/res.677, | Kafka's Trial| 2005| opera by Danish composer Poul Ruders, based on the novel and parts of Kafka's life; first performed in 2005, released on CDRuders|2005}}| Kafka's Soup| 2005| book by Mark Crick, is a literary pastiche in the form of a cookbook, with recipes written in the style of a famous authorMilner|2005}}| Introducing Kafka| 2007| graphic novel by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz, contains text and illustrations introducing Kafka's life and work|A Country Doctor (film)>A Country Doctor| 2007| short film by Kōji YamamuraKafkaesque (Breaking Bad)>Kafkaesque"| 2010| TV series Breaking Bad Season 3 episode written by Peter Gould & George Mastras. Jesse Pinkman, at a group therapy meeting, describes his new workplace as a dreary, "totally corporate" laundromat mired in bureaucracy. He complains about his boss and that he's not worthy to meet the owner, whom everyone fears. "Sounds kind of Kafkaesque," responds the group leader.|| Kafka the Musical| 2011| radio play by BBC Radio 3 produced as part of their Play of the Week programme. Franz Kafka was played by David TennantBBC|2012}}| Sound Interpretations{{snds}}Dedication To Franz Kafka| 2012| music HAZE Netlabel released musical compilation Sound Interpretations â€“ Dedication To Franz Kafka. In this release musicians rethink the literary heritage of KafkaHAZE|2012}}Google logo#Google Doodles>Google Doodle| 2013| internet culture Google had a sepia-toned doodle of a roach in a hat opening a door, honoring Kafka's 130th birthdayBury|2013}}| The Metamorphosis| 2013| dance Royal Ballet production of The Metamorphosis with Edward WatsonRizzulo|2013}}| Café Kafka| 2014| opera by Spanish composer Francisco Coll on a text by Meredith Oakes, built from texts and fragments by Franz Kafka; Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and Royal Opera Covent GardenJeal|2014}}| Head of Franz Kafka| 2014| sculpture an outdoor sculpture in Prague by David ÄŒernýTITLE=STATUE OF KAFKA DATE=2017-03-02, 2017-04-05,

"Kafkaesque"

File:Famous fantastic mysteries 195306.jpg|thumb|upright|Kafka's The Metamorphosis was even reprinted in the June 1953 issue of the pulp magazine Famous Fantastic MysteriesFamous Fantastic MysteriesThe term "Kafkaesque" is used to describe concepts and situations reminiscent of his work, particularly (The Trial) and Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis). Examples include instances in which bureaucracies overpower people, often in a surreal, nightmarish milieu which evokes feelings of senselessness, disorientation, and helplessness. Characters in a Kafkaesque setting often lack a clear course of action to escape a labyrinthine situation. Kafkaesque elements often appear in existential works, but the term has transcended the literary realm to apply to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, or illogical.{{sfn|Steinhauer|1983|pp = 390–408}}{{sfn|Adams|2002|pp = 140–157}}{{sfn|Aizenberg|1986|pp = 11–19}}{{sfn|Strelka|1984|pp = 434–444}}Numerous films and television works have been described as Kafkaesque, and the style is particularly prominent in dystopian science fiction. Works in this genre that have been thus described include Patrick Bokanowski's film The Angel (1982), Terry Gilliam's film Brazil (1985), and Alex Proyas' science fiction film noir, Dark City (1998). Films from other genres which have been similarly described include Roman Polanski's The Tenant (1976) and the Coen brothers' Barton Fink (1991).{{sfn|Palmer|2004|pp = 159–192}} The television series The Prisoner and The Twilight Zone are also frequently described as Kafkaesque.{{sfn|O'Connor|1987}}{{sfn|Los Angeles Times|2009}}However, with common usage, the term has become so ubiquitous that Kafka scholars note it is often misused.NEWS,weblink The Essence of 'Kafkaesque', 29 December 1991, The New York Times, More accurately then, according to author Ben Marcus, paraphrased in "What it Means to be Kafkaesque" by Joe Fassler in The Atlantic, "Kafka’s quintessential qualities are affecting use of language, a setting that straddles fantasy and reality, and a sense of striving even in the face of bleakness—hopelessly and full of hope." NEWS,weblink What It Really Means to Be 'Kafkaesque', Joe, Fassler, January 2014, The Atlantic,

Commemorations

(File:Czech-2013-Prague-Plaque (birthplace of Franz Kafka).jpg|thumb|Plaque marking the birthplace of Franz Kafka in Prague, designed by Karel Hladík and Jan Kaplický, 1966)3412 Kafka, provisional designation {{mp|1983 AU|2}}, is an asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 6 kilometers in diameter, that was discovered on 10 January 1983 by the American astronomers Randolph Kirk and Donald Rudy at Palomar Observatory in California, United States.NEWS, Schmadel, Lutz D., 2003, (3412) Kafka, Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 284, 978-3-540-00238-3, 10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_3412, The asteroid was named after Kafka.WEB, 3412 Kafka, 1983, Minor Planet Center, 5 December 2016,weblink Apache Kafka, an open-source stream processing platform originally released in January 2011, is named after Kafka.WEB, What is the relation between Kafka, the writer, and Apache Kafka, the distributed messaging system?, Quora,weblink 2017-06-12, The Franz Kafka Museum in Prague is dedicated to Kafka and his work. A major component of the museum is an exhibit, The City of K. Franz Kafka and Prague, which was first shown in Barcelona in 1999, moved to the Jewish Museum in New York City, and finally established in Prague in Malá Strana (Lesser Town), along the Moldau, in 2005. The Franz Kafka Museum calls its display of original photos and documents Město K. Franz Kafka a Praha ("City K. Kafka and Prague") and aims to immerse the visitor into the world in which Kafka lived and about which he wrote.{{sfn|Kafka Museum|2005}}The Franz Kafka Prize, established in 2001, is an annual literary award of the Franz Kafka Society and the City of Prague. It recognizes the merits of literature as "humanistic character and contribution to cultural, national, language and religious tolerance, its existential, timeless character, its generally human validity, and its ability to hand over a testimony about our times".{{sfn|Kafka Society|2011}} The selection committee and recipients come from all over the world, but are limited to living authors who have had at least one work published in the Czech language.{{sfn|Kafka Society|2011}} The recipient receives $10,000, a diploma, and a bronze statuette at a presentation in Prague's Old Town Hall, on the Czech State Holiday in late October.{{sfn|Kafka Society|2011}}San Diego State University operates the Kafka Project, which began in 1998 as the official international search for Kafka's last writings.{{sfn|Kafka Project SDSU|2012}}

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, {{sfnRef, Believer, 2006,
}}
  • JOURNAL


, Glen
, Patrick J.
, The Deconstruction and Reification of Law in Franz Kafka's Before the Law and The Trial
,weblink
, 2007
, 17
, 23
, Los Angeles
, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal
, 3 August 2012
, harv
,
  • JOURNAL


, Glen
, Patrick J.
, Franz Kafka, Lawrence Joseph, and the Possibilities of Jurisprudential Literature
,weblink
, PDF
, 2011
, 21
, 47
, Los Angeles
, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal
, 21 September 2012
, harv
,
  • JOURNAL


, Horton
, Scott
,weblink
, In Pursuit of Kafka's Porn Cache: Six Questions for James Hawes
, 19 August 2008
, Harper's Magazine
, 3 August 2012
, {{sfnRef, Harper's, 2008,
}}
  • JOURNAL


, Hughes
, Kenneth
, Franz Kafka: An Anthology of Marxist Criticism
, Madison, Wisconsin
, Monatshefte
, 78
, 2
, 247–250
, Summer 1986
, 30159253
, harv
,
  • JOURNAL


, Kavanagh
, Thomas M.
, Kafka's The Trial: The Semiotics of the Absurd
, Durham, North Carolina
, Novel: A Forum on Fiction
, Spring 1972
, 5
, 3
, 242–253
, harv
, 10.2307/1345282
, 1345282
,
  • JOURNAL


, Kempf
, Franz R.
, Franz Kafkas Sprachen: '... in einem Stockwerk des innern babylonischen Turmes. ..'
, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
, Summer 2005
, 23
, 4
, West Lafayette, Indiana
, 10.1353/sho.2005.0155
, harv
, 159
,
  • JOURNAL


, Keren
, Michael
, The 'Prague Circle' and the Challenge of Nationalism
, Oxford
, History of European Ideas
, 1993
, 10.1016/S0191-6599(05)80096-8
, 16
, 1–3
, harv
, 3
,
  • JOURNAL


, Kundera
, Milan
, Kafka's World
, Washington, D.C.
, The Wilson Quarterly
, Winter 1988
, 40257735
, 12
, 5
, 88–99
, harv
,
  • JOURNAL


, Lawson
, Richard H.
, Ungeheueres Ungeziefer in Kafka's "Die Verwandlung"
, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
, The German Quarterly
, May 1960
, 402242
, 33
, 3
, 216–219
, harv
, 10.2307/402242
,
  • JOURNAL


, Leiter
, Louis H.
, A Problem in Analysis: Franz Kafka's 'A Country Doctor'
, Philadelphia
, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
, 1958
, 10.2307/427381
, 16
, 3
, 337–347
, harv
, 427381
,
  • JOURNAL


, Luke
, F. D.
, Kafka's 'Die Verwandlung'
, April 1951
, 3718565
, The Modern Language Review
, Cambridge
, 46
, 2
, 232–245
, harv
, 10.2307/3718565
,
  • JOURNAL


, McElroy
, Bernard
, The Art of Projective Thinking: Franz Kafka and the Paranoid Vision
, Summer 1985
, 10.1353/mfs.0.0042
, Modern Fiction Studies
, Cambridge
, 31
, 2
, harv
, 217
,
  • JOURNAL


, Panichas
, George A.
, Kafka's Afflicted Vision: A Literary-Theological Critique
, Spring–Fall 2004
, Humanitas
, Bowie, Maryland
, 17
, 1–2
, harv
,
  • JOURNAL


, Pérez-Álvarez
, Marino
, The Schizoid Personality of Our Time
, 2003
, International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
, Almería, Spain
, 3
, 2
, harv
,
  • JOURNAL


, Rhine
, Marjorie E.
, Untangling Kafka's Knotty Texts: The Translator's Prerogative?
, Madison, Wisconsin
, Monatshefte
, 81
, 4
, 447–458
, Winter 1989
, 30166262
, harv
,
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, Sayer
, Derek
, The Language of Nationality and the Nationality of Language: Prague 1780–1920 â€“ Czech Republic History
, 1996
, Past and Present
, Oxford
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, 394557
, 153
, 1
, harv
, 164
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, Sandbank
, Shimon
, After Kafka: The Influence of Kafka's Fiction
, 1992
, 40246852
, Comparative Literature Studies
, Oxford
, 29
, 4
, 441–443
, harv
,
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, Sokel
, Walter H.
, Kafka's 'Metamorphosis': Rebellion and Punishment
, April–May 1956
, 30166165
, Monatshefte
, Madison, Wisconsin
, 48
, 4
, 203–214
, harv
,
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, Steinhauer
, Harry
, Franz Kafka: A World Built on a Lie
, Autumn 1983
, 4611280
, The Antioch Review
, Yellow Springs, Ohio
, 41
, 4
, 390–408
, harv
, 10.2307/4611280
,
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, Strelka
, Joseph P.
, Kafkaesque Elements in Kafka's Novels and in Contemporary Narrative Prose
, Winter 1984
, 40246504
, Comparative Literature Studies
, Pennsylvania State College
, 21
, 4
, 434–444
, harv
,
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, Updike
, John
, John Updike
,weblink
, Subconscious Tunnels: Haruki Murakami's Dreamlike New Novel
, The New Yorker
, 24 January 2005
, 22 September 2012
, {{sfnRef, Updike, 2005,
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, Adler
, Jeremy
,weblink
, subscription
, 13 October 1995
, New York Times Literary Supplement
, Stepping into Kafka's Head
, 4 August 2012
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  • NEWS


, Akalaitis
, JoAnne
, JoAnne Akalaitis
,weblink
, limited
, Adapting the Horrors of a Kafka Story To Suit Glass's Music
, 10 June 2001
, The New York Times
, 17 June 2013
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  • NEWS


, Apel
, Friedman
, 28 August 2012
, German
, Der Weg in die Ewigkeit führt abwärts / Roland Reuß kramt in Kafkas Zürauer Zetteln
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, Banville
, John
,weblink
, Franz Kafka's Other Trial / An Allegory of the Fallen Man's Predicament, or an Expression of Guilt at a Tormented Love Affair?
, 14 January 2011
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, Batuman
, Elif
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, Kafka's Last Trial
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, Buehrer
, Jack
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, 2011-06-15
, Battle for Kafka Legacy Drags On
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, Burrows
, William
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, Winter Read: The Castle by Franz Kafka
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, Connolly
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, Herbort
, Heinz Josef
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, Jeal
, Erica
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  • NEWS


, Kakutani
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  • NEWS


, Kenley-Letts
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,weblink
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, Franz Kafka's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1993)
,weblink
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, Kirsch
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, Lerman
, Antony
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  • NEWS


, McCarthy
, Rory
,weblink
, Israel's National Library Adds a Final Twist to Franz Kafka's Trial
, 24 October 2009
, The Guardian
, 3 August 2012
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| location=London
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  • NEWS


, McLellan
, Dennis
,weblink
, Patrick McGoohan Dies at 80; TV's 'Secret Agent' and 'Prisoner'
, 15 January 2009
, Los Angeles Times
, 17 June 2013
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, Metcalfe
, Anna
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, Financial Times
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, 1 August 2012
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, O'Connor
, John J.
,weblink
, 4 June 1987
, The New York Times
, McGoohan a Spy on 31
, 16 June 2013
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  • NEWS


, Rizzulo
, Rachel
,weblink
, 23 September 2013
, bachtrack
, The Royal Ballet's Production of The Metamorphosis with Edward Watson in New York
, 23 January 2014
, harv
,
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, Rudoren
, Jodi
, Noveck
, Myra
,weblink
, limited
, 14 October 2012
, The New York Times
, Woman Must Relinquish Kafka Papers, Judge Says
, 15 October 2012
, harv
,
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,weblink
, 19 July 2010
, The Guardian
, Lawyers Open Cache of Unpublished Kafka Manuscripts
, 28 September 2012
, {{sfnRef, Guardian, 2010,
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, Bury
, Liz
,weblink
, 3 July 2013
, The Guardian
, Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis Becomes Google Doodle
, 4 July 2013
, {{sfnRef, Bury, 2013,
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  • WEB


, Coker
, Rachel
,weblink
, 4 January 2012
, State University of New York, Binghamton
, Kafka Expert Links Teaching, Research
, 30 August 2012
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, Ernst
, Nathan
,weblink
, 2010
, Yale University
, The Modernismm Lab
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, 9 October 2012
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, Frenkel
, Sheera
,weblink
, 30 May 2012
, NPR
, Kafka's Final Absurdist Tale Plays Out in Tel Aviv
, 28 September 2012
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, Ghosh
, Pothik
, A Note on Kafka and the Question of Revolutionary Subjectivity
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, 24 October 2010
, 6 August 2012
, Radical Notes
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, Horstkotte
, Silke
, Kunst und Künstlerverständnis in Kafkas 'Josefine, die Sängering oder Das Volk der Mäuse'
, University of Leipzig
, 2009
, German
,weblink
, 31 August 2012
, {{sfnRef, Horstkotte, 2009,
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  • WEB


, Kafka
, Franz
,weblink
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, 13 July 2011
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, Kafka-Franz
, Franz Kafka Letter to his Father
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, Keynes
, Laura
,weblink
, August 2005
, Times Literary Supplement
, Kafka's Dick
, 4 August 2012
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  • WEB


, Köhler
, Manfred
, German
,weblink
, 2012
, Protemion
, Franz Kafka und Felice Bauer
, 6 August 2012
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  • WEB


, Kreis
, Steven
,weblink
, 28 February 2006
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, Franz Kafka, 1883–1924
, 5 August 2012
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  • NEWS


, Milner
, Catherine
,weblink
, 27 August 2005
, The Telegraph
, If Kafka Made the Dinner...
, 25 August 2012
, {{sfnRef, Milner, 2005,
}}
  • WEB


, Miron
, Dan
,weblink
, 24 November 2008
, Haaretz
, Sadness in Palestine
, 1 August 2012
, {{sfnRef, Haaretz, 2008,
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  • WEB


, Ozorio
, Anne
,weblink
, 18 November 2010
, Opera Today
, György Kurtág â€“ Kafka Fragments, London
, 4 August 2012
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  • WEB


, Prinsky
, Norman
,weblink
, 2002
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, Humn. 2002: World Humanities II. Notes and Questions on Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" / "The Transformation"
, 2 September 2012
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, Rahn
, Josh
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, Online Literature
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, 5 August 2012
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, Rastalsky
, Hartmut M.
,weblink
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, The Referential Kafka
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, 22 August 2012
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, Samuelson
, Arthur
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, 2 August 2012
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  • WEB


, Seubert
, Harald
,weblink
, Bauer, Felice
, Kulturportal-west-ost.eu
, German
, Knochiges leeres Gesicht, das seine Leere offen trug. Freier Hals. Ãœberworfene Bluse ... Fast zerbrochene Nase. Blondes, etwas steifes, reizloses Haar, starkes Kinn.
, 2 August 2012
, {{sfnRef, Seubert, 2012,
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  • JOURNAL


, Stone
, Peter H.
,weblink
, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69
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, 4 August 2012
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,weblink
, The Guardian
, Allegory
, 22 August 2012
, {{sfnRef, Guardian, 1930,
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,weblink
, 2005
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, 3 August 2012
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,weblink
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, BBC
, Drama on BBC Radio 3, Kafka the Musical
, 1 August 2012
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, Franz Kafka
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, 22 August 2012
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, 2012
, European Graduate School
, Franz Kafka â€“ Biography
, 7 August 2012
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,weblink
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, Hans Werner Henze Stiftung
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,weblink
, 14 December 2008
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, 3 August 2012
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, 7 August 2012
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,weblink
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,weblink
, Project Gutenberg â€“ Spiegel Online
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, Der Spiegel
, 21 June 1913
, German
, 29 August 2012
, Die ungeheure Welt, die ich im Kopfe habe. Aber wie mich befreien und sie befreien, ohne zu zerreißen. Und tausendmal lieber zerreißen, als in mir sie zurückhalten oder begraben. Dazu bin ich ja hier, das ist mir ganz klar.
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,weblink
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,weblink
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, Franz Kafka: Writing of the System's Despair and Alienation
, 6 August 2012
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,weblink
, 2008
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,weblink
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,weblink
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, Musils 'Mann ohne Eigenschaften' ist 'wichtigster Roman des Jahrhunderts'
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Further reading

  • BOOK


, Gray
, Ronald
, Ronald Gray
, Kafka: A Collection of Critical Essays
, 1962
, Prentice-Hall
, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
, 978-1-199-77830-7
,
  • BOOK


, Greenberg
, Martin
, Martin Greenberg (poet)
, The Terror of Art: Kafka and Modern Literature
, 1968
, Basic Books
, New York
, 978-0-465-08415-9
,
  • BOOK


, Deleuze
, Gilles
, Gilles Deleuze
, Guattari
, Félix
, Félix Guattari
, Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature
, Theory and History of Literature
, 30
, 1986
, University of Minnesota Press
, Minneapolis
, 978-0-8166-1515-5
,
  • BOOK, Glatzer


, Nahum Norbert
, Nahum Norbert Glatzer
, The Loves of Franz Kafka
, 1986
, Schocken Books
, New York
, 978-0-8052-4001-6
,weblink
,
  • BOOK


, Glasauer
, Willi
, Willi Glasauer
, Exposición Kafka & CIA.: Hitos y Mitos de la Cultura Dibujos
, es
, 1986
, Círculo de Lectores
, Barcelona
,
  • BOOK


, Glasauer
, Willi
, Willi Glasauer
, Kafka Gesamtwerk
, 1986
, Círculo de Lectores
, Barcelona
,
  • BOOK


, Citati
, Pietro
, Pietro Citati
, Kafka
, 1987
, Alfred A. Knopf
, New York
, 978-0-394-56840-9
,
  • BOOK


, Montalbán
, Manuel Vázquez
, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
, Glasauer
, Willi
, Willi Glasauer
, Escenas de la Literatura Universal y Retratos de Grandes Autores
, es
, 1988
, Círculo de Lectores
, Barcelona
,
  • BOOK


, Heller
, Paul
, Paul Heller
, Franz Kafka: Wissenschaft und Wissenschaftskritik
, 1989
, German
, Stauffenburg
, Tübingen
, 978-3-923721-40-5
,
  • BOOK


, Czech
, Danuta
, Danuta Czech
, Kalendarz wydarzeń w KL Auschwitz
, Polish
, 1992
, Wydawn
, Oświęcim
,
  • JOURNAL


, Kopić
, Mario
, Mario Kopić
, Franz Kafka and Nationalism
, Amsterdam
, Erewhon: An International Quarterly
, 1995
, 2
, 2
,
  • BOOK


, Hayman
, Ronald
, Ronald Hayman
, K: A Biography of Kafka
, 2001
, Phoenix Press
, London
, 978-1-84212-415-4
,
  • BOOK


, Coots
, Steve
, Steve Coots
, Franz Kafka (Beginner's Guide)
, 2002
, Hodder & Stoughton
, London
, 978-0-340-84648-3
,
  • BOOK, Calasso


, Roberto
, Roberto Calasso
, K.
, 2005
, Alfred A. Knopf
, New York
, 978-1-4000-4189-3
,weblink
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