Quotes by Franz Kafka

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us."

"I am a cage, in search of a bird."

"Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self."

"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."

"Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."


Books by Franz Kafka

  • A transformación
  • 708,844 ratings
  • 2021 by Pontevedra, Kalandraka / Faktoría K de Libros, Colección Faktoría K Narrativa

    (first published 1915)

  • The Metamorphosis
  • 697,806 ratings
  • March 1st 1972 by Bantam Classics

    (first published 1915)

  • The Trial
  • 249,284 ratings
  • April 9th 2001 by Vintage

    (first published 1925)

  • The Castle
  • 47,226 ratings
  • December 15th 1998 by Schocken

    (first published 1926)

Franz Kafka
  • Franz Kafka

  • Date of birth: July 03, 1883
  • Died: June 03, 1924
  • Born: in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary, Czech Republic.

  • Description: Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

    His stories include "The Metamorphosis" (1912) and "In the Penal Colony" (1914), while his novels are The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926) and Amerika (1927).

    Kafka's first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech. Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague, but switched after two weeks to law. This offered a range of career possibilities, which pleased his father, and required a longer course of study that gave Kafka time to take classes in German studies and art history. At the university, he joined a student club, named Lese- und Redehalle der Deutschen Studenten, which organized literary events, readings and other activities. In the end of his first year of studies, he met Max Brod, who would become a close friend of his throughout his life, together with the journalist Felix Weltsch, who also studied law. Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law on 18 June 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.Kafka's writing attracted little attention until after his death. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless "The Metamorphosis" is considered a (short) novel. Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod: "Dearest Max, my last request: Everything I leave behind me ... in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters (my own and others'), sketches, and so on, [is] to be burned unread." Brod overrode Kafka's wishes, believing that Kafka had given these directions to him specifically because Kafka knew he would not honor them—Brod had told him as much. Brod, in fact, would oversee the publication of most of Kafka's work in his possession, which soon began to attract attention and high critical regard.Max Brod encountered significant difficulty in compiling Kafka's notebooks into any chronological order as Kafka was known to start writing in the middle of notebooks, from the last towards the first, etc.All of Kafka's published works, except several letters he wrote in Czech to Milena Jesenská, were written in German.