Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924)

If you happen to visit Prague today, you will see Kafka’s face plastered all over t-shirts, coffee mugs and posters. He is quite literally Prague’s most famous son. Franz Kafka was born in Prague (then Austria-Hungary) to a German-speaking Jewish family of middle-class status. His work, most of which was published against his will posthumously by Max Brod with the majority of it unfinished, is considered to be among the top influential writings of the 20th century in the genres of Modernism and Existentialism. His writing style was very specific and paved the way for many to come such as Federico Fellini and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. His most famous stories are The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle and Amerika.

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