Who: Austro-Czech author
What: Wrote ‘The Metamorphosis’, ‘The Trial’, ‘The Castle’ and other great works.
Where: Born in Prague Austria-Hungary, died in Kierling, in eastern Austria.
Why: His themes include alienation, isolation, oppression and brutality.
When: 3rd July 1883 – 3rd June 1924
“What am I doing here in this endless winter?” – Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis and Other Stories
Franz Kafka was born in Prague on the 3rd July 1883. He is famous for such works as ‘the Metamorphosis’, ‘the Trial’,’ the Castle’, ‘A Hunger Artist’ and ‘the Man Who Disappeared’, although very little of his work was published during his lifetime. He is often considered to be one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century. He trained as a lawyer, and found a job with an insurance company. Critics say that his disillusionment with his day job, his troubled relationship with his father and conflict over his Judaism greatly affected his writing. His works often featured unfortunate protagonists thrust into uncomfortable situations, and dealt with complex, intricate and often psychological themes. Kafka died of tuberculosis in an Austrian sanatorium in 1924, and against his wishes, his friend Max Brod published his works posthumously.