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Czech novelist writing in German. In his two main novels The Trial (1925) and The Castle (1926), published posthumously against his wishes, he portrays man's fear, isolation, and bewilderment in a nightmarish dehumanized world.

Derived words: Kafkaesque adjective.

Summary Article: Kafka, Franz from Chambers Biographical Dictionary
1883-1924Austrian novelistBorn of German-Jewish parents in Prague, he graduated in law there, and although overwhelmed by a desire to write, found employment (1907-23) as an official in the accident prevention department of the government-sponsored Workers' Accident Insurance Institution. A hypersensitive, introspective person who felt emasculated by his domineering father, he eventually moved to Berlin to live with Dora Dymant in 1923, his only brief spell of happiness before succumbing to a lung disease. He published several short stories and essays, including, "Der Heizer" (1913, "The Boilerman"), "Betrachtungen" (1913, "Meditations") and "Die Verwandlung" (1916, Eng trans "The Transformation", 1933; more widely known as "Metamorphosis"). His three unfinished novels, Der Prozess (1925, Eng trans The Trial, 1937), Das Schloss (1926, Eng trans The Castle, 1937) and...    Continue Reading

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