Franz Kafka[ (3 July 1883 – 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 fuses elements of realism and the fantastic. It typically features isolated protagonists facing bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible socio-bureaucratic powers. It has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity.
His best-known works include the short story “The Metamorphosis” and novels The Trial and The Castle. The term Kafkaesque has entered English to describe situations like those found in his writing.
Booksin order of publication:
The Metamorphosis – 1915
A Hunger Artist – 1924
The Trial – 1925
The Castle – 1926
Amerika – 1927