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  Franz Kafka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Franz Kafka (IPA: [ˈfranʦ ˈkafka]) (July 3, 1883 – June 3, 1924) was one of the major German-language novelists and short story writers of the 20th century, whose unique body of writing — most of it incomplete, and published posthumously despite his wish that it be destroyed — has become iconic in Western literature.
Kafka was born into a middle-class, German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, the capital of Bohemia, a kingdom that was then part of the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary.
Kafka's mother, Julie (1856—1934), was the daughter of Jakob Löwy, a prosperous brewer in Poděbrady, and was better educated than her husband.
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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Franz Kafka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Franz Kafka (July 3, 1883 – June 3, 1924) was one of the major German-language novelists and short story writers of the 20th century, most of whose works were published posthumously.
Kafka also had some knowledge of French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert, and he had a sentimental fondness for Napoleon.
(Kafka's condition made his throat too painful to eat, and since intravenous therapy had not been developed, there was no way to feed him, notice the parallels to Gregor in the Metamorphosis.) His body was ultimately brought back to Prague where he was interred on June 11, 1924, in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague-Žižkov.
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Franz Kafka (July 3, 1883 - June 3, 1924), was a novelist who was born and lived in Prague (Bohemia), which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Kafka's writing is noted for it dark tone, language, and themes of alienation and persecution.
Kafka was born July 3, 1883, into a middle class Prague Jewish family.
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 Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka is an icon of dark existentialist and absurdist literature who often wrote about themes of isolation, alienation, and authoritarian oppression.
Kafka's mother, Julie Löwy, was the second child of a well-to-do cloth merchant and brewer, and her relations were more accustomed to a calmer, more genteel approach to life.
Kafka also felt life might have been different if his father's rage might have been spread amongst other sons; however both his younger brothers, George and Heinrich, died when barely out of infancy, and it was left to Franz alone to struggle with the mantle of his father's expectations and frustrations.
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 Franz Kafka
Kafka came from a middle-class Jewish family and grew up in the shadow of his domineering shopkeeper father, who impressed Kafka as an awesome patriarch.
Kafka spent half his time after 1917 in sanatoriums and health resorts, his tuberculosis of the lungs finally spreading to the larynx.
In all of these works, as indeed in most of Kafka's mature prose, the lucid, concise style forms a striking contrast to the labyrinthine complexities, the anxiety-laden absurdities, and the powerfully oppressive symbols of torment and anomie that are the substance of the writer's vision.
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 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka (IPA: [ˈfranʦ ˈkafka]) (July 3, 1883 – June 3, 1924) was one of the major German-language novelists and short story writers of the 20th century, whose unique body of writing — most of it incomplete, and published posthumously despite his wish that it be destroyed — has become iconic in Western literature.
Kafka's mother, Julie (1856—1934), was the daughter of Jakob Löwy, a prosperous brewer in Podebrady, and was better educated than her husband.
Kafka published only a few short stories during his lifetime, a small part of his work, and never finished any of his novels (maybe except for The Metamorphosis, which some consider to be a short novel).
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 Franz Kafka Biography
Franz had been speaking mostly Czech as a child (owing to the fact that his governesses were Czech), but learned to master the German tongue early, as reflected in his wonderful handling of it in his stories.
Franz seems to have suffered from the malady common to many at that place and time: namely, the virgin/whore complex, where every woman is either a "nice girl" or a slut, with no room in between.
Franz gave it to his mother so that she would give to him, but after looking at it she thought better of it.) Nevertheless, Franz went so far as to pick out an apartment for him and Julie and came within a couple of days of the wedding before breaking it off.
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 NYSL Travels: Franz Kafka's Prague, A Literary Walking Tour (Marylin Bender)
Kafka attended a lecture at the center by a Czech politican on working conditions in the United States while Amerika was in gestation.
Franz Kafka's world was the world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, long before the horrors his writing seemed to anticipate had occurred.
Kafka was anorexic, a vegan, a food faddist, a masticator of his food; to join him at the dinner table could literally be a revolting experience.
www.nysoclib.org /travels/kafka.html   (7475 words)

 Franz Kafka
Kafka's ill health was also an important biographical factor behind the fear of physical and mental collapse dramatized in such short stories as "Ein Hungerkünstler" (1924) and "Die Verwandlung" (1915, The Metamorphosis).
Kafka never visited the United States but his protagonist, the 17-year-old Karl Rossmann, enters New York Harbor as an immigrant and sees the Statue of Liberty, who holds in her hand not a lamp but a sword.
Kafka pystyi irtautumaan edellisen ja uuden työn etsinnän aiheuttamasta ristipaineesta uudessa toimessaan, jonka mieluisin etu lienee ollut työajan lyheneminen kuuteen tuntiin.
www.kirjasto.sci.fi /kafka.htm   (2586 words)

 GradeSaver: ClassicNote: Biography of Franz Kafka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Kafka's biography reads almost like a critical analysis of his work, for so much of the neurotic tension of his writing finds its clear origin in the events of his life.
Franz Kafka was born on July 3, 1883 in the Jewish ghetto of Prague.
Much of Kafka's early writing is lost, but 1912 proved to be a breakthrough year for him as he wrote some of his most important stories, including "The Judgment," "The Metamorphosis," and much of his novel Amerika.
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 On Franz Kafka's Trail LiteraryTraveler.com
A Czech Jew who wrote in German, Kafka was a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at birth in 1883 and a citizen of the newly minted nation of Czechoslovakia at his death in 1924.
Kafka was born, raised and educated from grammar school through law school in Prague.
Kafka's room was in the back at Celetna 3 and looked directly out onto the imposing Tyn Church with its two towers bristling like missile batteries with spires.
www.literarytraveler.com /literary_articles/franz_kafka_prague.aspx   (1678 words)

 Franz Kafka Biography Pictures Photo Album - Kafka Life story
The sculpture was inspired by Kafka’s work, especially the story “Description of a Struggle.” The monument was erected in a tiny park between the Spanish Synagogue and the Church of the Holy Spirit, on the border of Prague’s Jewish district in a place that symbolizes the city’s religious and cultural diversity.
Franz's relationship with his father was, to put it lightly, tempestuous, and would end up becoming the basis of much of his work.-Kafka’s father was a bully, both to his wife and to Kafka himself.
Kafka’s father was the very opposite of Kafka himself: he was a down-to-earth shopkeeper who was obsessed with money and social success.
www.kafka-franz.com   (3889 words)

 Existential Primer: Franz Kafka
Franz was to emulate his father’s secular nature, though Franz seems to have been influenced by the Jewish culture that surrounded him in Prague.
Franz Kafka was never clear if he was writing because he needed to do so, or if his pages were meant for the public.
It is interesting that Kafka was one of the first to touch upon the despair of a key figure in the economic system that is now engaged in a life and death struggle in Europe, the salesmen whose function in free enterprise is that of a missionary.
www.tameri.com /csw/exist/kafka.shtml   (11323 words)

 Kafka, Franz - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
KAFKA, FRANZ [Kafka, Franz], 1883-1924, German-language novelist, b.
Along with Joyce, Kafka is perhaps the most influential of 20th-century writers.
In prose that is remarkable for its clarity and precision, Kafka presents a world that is at once real and dreamlike and in which individuals burdened with guilt, isolation, and anxiety make a futile search for personal salvation.
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 Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka was born in Prague, July 3, 1883, the son of Hermann and Julie Kafka.
Kafka's job at the Worker's Accident Insurance provided him with a steady income and 'regular' office hours, so that he could dedicate his evenings to writing.
Kafka's relationship to his father dominates all discussions of both his life and his work.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/biography/Kafka.html   (330 words)

 History of Vegetarianism - Franz Kafka (1883-1924)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Kafka was a Czech-born, German novelist whose writing had tremendous influence on western literature and art.
Kafka was attracted to vegetarianism for health and ethical reasons.
While viewing a fish in an aquarium, he said, "Now I can look at you in peace; I don`t eat you any more." He had little faith in conventional doctors; he was interested in the benefits of raw-food diets.
www.ivu.org /history/europe20a/kafka.html   (109 words)

 Franz Kafka on the Web
La Pagina de Franz Kafka, Luis Rada's hommage to Franz Kafka, for him "el autor mas importante del siglo XX." Some interesting entries in his guestbook.
The Dutch Franz Kafka Circle has a website with information about their own activities (symposia, quarterly [one of the few special Kafka periodicals in the world!], series, contacts with other Kafka societies [Philadelphia, Vienna, Prague, and South-Korea).
Ein Seminarbericht Essays on Kafka's short fiction resulting from a course at the Albert Ludwig university in Freiburg, Germany.
www.pitt.edu /~kafka/links.html   (401 words)

 Amazon.com: The Trial: Books: Franz Kafka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It is proof of Kafka's other talents as a novelist, a humorist, a psychologist and a satirist that he does not leave his parable a bald one, but works into it every kind of human gesture and lifelike detail.
The description of solitude and of the alienation of the modern human being is at the core of all Kafka's opus.
As a reader of both Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, the highly sensitive Kafka was acutely aware of the brutal struggle that is the inherent nature of life, where objective truth is simply an illusory product of this struggle and justice always an unattainable ideal.
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 Franz Kafka: Coffee Achiever? (INeedCoffee.com)
Kafka’s dietary habits were a source of some concern for Brod., who says, "Franz’s attitude to the 'natural health methods' and reform movements of a similar nature was one of very intense interest.
Indeed, Kafka was in his element in Prague’s café culture, an environment which brought out the best from one of the century’s greatest writers.
Kafka tended to hold his own writing to impossibly high standards, and while the world would eventually grow to appreciate the greatness of his novels and short stories, Kafka rarely felt satisfied with his literary work.
www.ineedcoffee.com /00/09/kafka   (756 words)

 Open Directory - Arts: Literature: Authors: K: Kafka, Franz
Constructing Franz Kafka - Includes his biography, scholarly research and pedagogical exercises, scores of short prose, letters, diaries and texts.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) - Portrait, biography, and brief bibliography.
Kafka, Franz - Notes on several of his works, courtesy of the Literature, Arts and Medicine Database.
dmoz.org /Arts/Literature/Authors/K/Kafka,_Franz   (297 words)

 Constructing Franz Kafka
Kafka's Biography (we are soliciting writers for a more personalized account beyond the basic dates and facts!)
Teaching Kafka (Lack of enthusiasm of Kafka teachers has caused this section to remain quite small.
Kafka is internationally known, and you wouldn't believe from which parts of the world we receive desperate mails from people who seek help on a paper on Franz Kafka!
www.pitt.edu /~kafka/intro.html   (353 words)

Franz Kafka and the Kabbalah features a sturdy and enlightening extract from the book, Kafka and Kabbalah, as well as some short texts and other information.
The Franz Kafka Photo Album is made up of photos of Kafka himself and things related to his life and work.
Leni's Franz Kafka Page features a detailed biography of Kafka, some great links, texts, including The Judgement, The Metamorphosis, Dearest Father, Josephine the Singer, or The Mouse Folk, and a special treat, some of Kafka's diaries, as well as the incongrous Fun With Kafka.
members.aol.com /lindchur/kafka.html   (522 words)

 The Kafka Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Project page introduces you to the corpus of all Kafka works in German, according to the original manuscripts.
With the general bibliography (under construction) you enter the commentary part of the site; new articles and essays are announced in the home page, and collected in a dedicated part of the site.
You can contact the team of the Kafka Project through the contact page, or simply drop a line in the guestbook; a search engine helps you to retrive a word or a quote from Kafka's work or from the entire site.
www.kafka.org   (721 words)

 Leni's Franz Kafka Page
You might be wondering, "Why'd you pick that slut Leni to host your page?" Well, yes, she is a little cock-crazy, but there's more to her than that.
        Boring Disclaimer: I made this page to give a different perspective on Franz Kafka, to show another dimension of his personality and work.  No disrespect of any kind is intended.  In fact, I think it adds to his talent to see it in another light.
Interpretations frequently tell you more about the interpreter than about Kafka, that's for sure!  I just want to have the basic info here.  That said, I hope, like Leni, that you like it.
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 The Franz Kafka Homepage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
I have created these pages as an homage to the genius of Franz Kafka.
If you know of any good Kafka links (I haven't come across many yet) or would like to tell me what you think of these pages, please e-mail me.
Also, I am always looking for people willing to type up and store (on their own web site) Kafka texts, as well as more links to already existing Kafka texts.
www.digiworldinc.com /users/j/james   (182 words)

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