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Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.




Franz Kafka, 1883-1924, Austrian Writer, Quoted in Max Lerner, The Unfinished Country: A Book of American Symbols, 1959

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Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
  • Born: July 3, 1883
  • Died: June 3, 1924
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Novelist, Short Story Writer, Insurance Officer

Franz Kafka was a German-speaking Bohemian Jewish novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. His best known works include "Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle). The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those in his writing.

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