Franz Kafka Biography

Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Most of his works, such as "Die Verwandlung", Der Prozess, and Das Schloss, are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, labyrinths of bureaucracy, and mystical transformations.

Kafka was born into a middle-class, German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In his lifetime, most of the population of Prague spoke Czech, and the division between Czech- and German-speaking people was a tangible reality, as both groups were strengthening their national identity. The Jewish community often found itself in between the two sentiments, naturally raising questions about a place to which one belongs. Kafka himself was fluent in both languages, considering German his mother tongue.

Kafka trained as a lawyer and after completing his legal education, obtained employment with an insurance company. He began to write short stories in his spare time. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Franz Kafka
Nationality:
Austria-Hungary
Profession:
Writer, Novelist, Lawyer
Ethnicity:
Jewish people, Poles, Ashkenazi Jews
Religion:
Judaism
Date of Birth:
July 3, 1883
Astrological Sign:
Cancer
Date of Death:
June 3, 1924
Age at Death:
40
Cause of Death:
Tuberculosis
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