7 Fascinating Facts About Franz Kafka: Celebrating 93rd Death Anniversary

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7 Fascinating Facts About Franz Kafka: Celebrating 93rd Death Anniversary

June 3 marks the 93rd death anniversary of the Bohemian modernist author, Franz Kafka. Here are 7 facts about him that you must know before venturing into his Kafkaesque world! 

  1. Franz Kafka was born on July 3, 1883, in Prague, Czech Republic.


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  2. His writings are existential in nature and showcase an absurd fascination with insects, rodents, and general hopelessness.


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    3. He studied law in Prague and had a 9 to 5 job at an insurance firm. In the evenings he would write.

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4. Although Czech was his mother tongue, his works are in German because Czechoslovakia was under German occupation at the time and it was mandatory to use their language. 


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5. His father was a Jewish merchant and their relationship played an underlying theme in all of his texts. 

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6. He died due to Tuberculosis at the age of 41 in Kierling, Austria. 

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7. Some of his widely acclaimed works like The Metamorphosis, Amerika, The Trial, and The Castle implicitly deal with the corrupt, authoritarian bureaucrats.

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