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About the Author: Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

His stories include "The Metamorphosis" (1912) and "In the Penal Colony" (1914), while his novels are The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926) and Amerika (1927).

Kafka's first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech. Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.

Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law. This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history. At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese- und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities. In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law. Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.

Kafka's writing attracted little attention until after his death. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless "The Metamorphosis" is considered a (short) novel. Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod: "Dearest Max, my last request: Everything I leave behind me ... in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters (my own and others'), sketches, and so on, [is] to be burned unread." Brod overrode Kafka's wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them—Brod had told him as much. Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka's work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.

Max Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka's notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etc.

All of Kafka's published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesenská, were written in German.


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Paperback, Published in Feb 2009 by NAVONA

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Page count: 112

In Franz Kafka’s most celebrated novel about the alienation one can feel in everyday life, young traveling salesman Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find that he has transformed into a repulsive insect. His parents and sister are terrified, not only of the oversized creature but also of their own fates, because Gregor had been paying off his father’s debt and providing money for them to live off of. They are forced to find jobs, and as they adjust to their new life and transformed cohabitant, their treatment of Gregor varies, from attempting to feed him to running away from him to ignoring him entirely. Written in 1912, The Metamorphosis has remained one of the great works of modern literature due to its unique premise and biting insights into family life.

 

En la novela más célebre de Franz Kafka sobre la alienación que se puede sentir en la vida diaria, el joven viajante de comercio Gregor Samsa despierta una mañana convertido en un repulsivo insecto. Sus padres y su hermana están aterrorizados, no sólo por la criatura de gran tamaño pero también por sus propios destinos, porque Gregor había estado pagando las deudas de su padre y proporcionando dinero para que pudieran vivir. Se ven sin más remedio que encontrar trabajo, y mientras se adaptan a una vida nueva y su transformado conviviente, su tratamiento de Gregor varía, desde tratar de darle de comer hasta huir de él y no hacerle ningún caso. Escrito en 1912, La transformación ha sido uno de los grandes trabajos de la literatura moderna debido a su premisa única y sus mordaces peripecias de la vida familiar.

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