Quotes of Franz Kafka

I am free and that is why I am lost.

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Books are a narcotic.

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The meaning of life is that it stops.

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Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was an influential German-language author of novels and short stories who is regarded by leading critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term "Kafkaesque" has entered the English language to describe surreal situations reminiscent of those in his writing.

Kafka was born into a middle-class, German-speaking, Jewish family in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was trained as a lawyer. While working for an insurance company, he wrote many stories, including "Das Urteil" ("The Judgment"), "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis") and "In der Strafkolonie" ("In the Penal Colony"). He left unfinished the novels Der Process (The Trial), Das Schloss (The Castle) and Amerika (Amerika or Der Verschollene). His writing has been associated with existentialism, expressionism, socialism and Marxism. Kafka preferred communication by letter; he wrote hundreds of letters to family and close female friends, including his father, his fiancée Felice Bauer, and his youngest sister Ottla. Kafka had a complicated and troubled relationship with his father, which had a major impact on his writing. He was also conflicted over his Jewishness at times, feeling it had little to do with him, although it heavily influenced his writing.

Only a small part of Kafka's work was published during his lifetime—the story collections Betrachtung (Contemplation) and Ein Landarzt (A Country Doctor), and individual stories in literary magazines. He prepared the story collection Ein Hungerkünstler (A Hunger Artist) for print, but it appeared after his death. Unfinished works, including all his novels, were published posthumously, mostly by his friend Max Brod, who ignored his wish to destroy the manuscripts. His work influenced writers such as Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, and inspired films, plays, music and computer games.

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