Born on July 3, 1883, Franz Kafka was an influential novelist and short story writer. His classic works, including The Trial, The Metamorphosis, The Castle, and Amerika, blend realism with rich imagination and the absurd.
 
Published in 1915, the Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung) is an eerie tale of a man who finds he has changed into a giant insect. The shocking and beautifully told novella is widely acclaimed for its greatness in the genre.
 

Kafka was born into a German-speaking Jewish family in Prague. He wrote many letters to family and friends. He was educated and trained in the law profession.
 
He died at age 40 of tuberculosis in 1924. See our Metamorpohsis posters and t-shirts.
 
Happy Birthday Mr. Kafka!

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