Franz Kafka (1883-1924) received popularity as a German-Bohemian speaking book and short story writer. His books displayed interests of fantasy and realism. Kafka also focuses on social-bureaucratic powers aligned with anxiety, isolation, and feelings of guilt. Some of his popular novels include Der Process (The Trial) in 1925, Das Schloss (The Castle) in 1926 and Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) during 1915. Kafka presents an interesting background, lived in Prague and formed part of an Ashkenazi Jewish family. During modern times this Austro-Hungarian Empire received the name the Czech Republic. He obtained training as a lawyer and received employment at an insurance company.
He experienced a strained relationship with his family and friends. Kafka passed away at 40 after he struggled with tuberculosis. He joined the Deutsche Knabenschule German Boy’s elementary school but quit the institution in 1893. Thereafter he joined the Altstädter Deutsches Gymnasium, an academically focused secondary school in Kinský Palace. Kafka spoke Czech and German fluently, although he appeared to feel more comfortable speaking German.
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