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A Week in Literary History

July 3rd, 2002

In 1883, Czech short story writer and novelist Franz Kafka (The Trial, 1925) is born in Prague.

kafka.jpgFranz Kafka, b. July 3, 1883, d. 1924

Although Kafka is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and gifted of all the crazy writers the world has seen, he remains a crazy writer: depressive to the point of imbalance, clinically saturnine, terminally pessimistic. His genius is in finding metaphors for his gloom — a trial, a castle, a man-become-beetle — which in turn elevate his tales to the status of parables and lend them an eerie aura of clairvoyance.

Suggested Reading Novels The Trial, 1925. The Castle, 1926. Amerika, 1927. Stories Metamorphosis, 1915. The Judgment, 1916. In the Penal Colony, 1919. The Great Wall of China, 1931. Parables, 1947. Diaries The Diaries of Franz Kafka, ed. by Max Brod, 1948-49.

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