Franz Kafka

(3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924 / Prague, Bohemia)

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka (German pronunciation: [fʁants ˈkafka] was an influential German-language author of novels and short stories. Critics and academics, including Vladimir Nabokov, regard Kafka as among the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term "Kafkaesque" has become part of the English language.

Kafka was born to middle class, German-speaking, Jewish parents, in Prague, Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The house in which he was born, on the Old Town Square next to Prague's Church of St Nicholas, now contains a permanent exhibition devoted to the author.

Most of Kafka's writing, including the large body of his unfinished work, was published... more »

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  • ''If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?''
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, January 18, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. ...
  • ''Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe.''
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, January 2, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. b...
  • ''In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world.''
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, December 8, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. ...
  • ''There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.''
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, January 14, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. ...
  • ''The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened.''
    Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, October 20, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. ...
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