Happy Birthday, Franz Kafka!

5dc65-kafkaThe novelist and short story writer Franz Kafka was born on this day in 1883. I remember discovering his work as an adolescent, and his work has continued to exert a hold on me ever since. While he is perhaps better known for his short stories, it’s his incomplete novels that fascinate me most: The Man Who DisappearedThe Trial, and The Castle are a trio without equal in Western literature. To mark Kafka’s birthday, I have assembled a selection of articles, interviews, and reviews concerning the writer’s life, work, and legacy. Enjoy!

Articles, Interviews & Reviews

Primo Levi on Franz Kafka’s “astounding clairvoyance” • Kafka on Holiday • Victor Brombert on KafkaCreating Kafka •  Has ‘Kafkaesque’ lost its meaning?Is that Kafka? 99 FindsDid Kafka invent the answering machine?Translating Kafka: Willa & Edwin MuirMichael Haneke on adapting Jelinek and Kafka •  Lars Iyer on Kafka and BrodKafka: “Words are clumsy mountaineers”Daily routines of writers and philosophersKafka and Asceticism


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