from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Kafka, Franz 1883-1924. Austrian writer whose stories, such as "The Metamorphosis” (1916), and novels, including The Trial (1925) and The Castle (1926), concern troubled individuals in a nightmarishly impersonal world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. Franz Kafka, a writer, b. 1883, d. 1924.

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  • n. Czech novelist who wrote in German about a nightmarish world of isolated and troubled individuals (1883-1924)


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  • Whether this trope works organically to advance the plot or becomes an authorial albatross is beside the point; as in Kafka, whose sentences Krauss's bear an intentional stylistic resemblance to, or such neo-realistic films as Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, "Great House" builds more toward developing a theme than a plot.

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  • Platonov, as much as Beckett and Kafka, is a major writer of the twentieth century and, like them, he is a writer in extremis.

    From the editor

  • Franz Kafka is a genius, but would you want to play a game in which you wake up and are thrown in jail, unaware of charges against you and helpless to act?

    Kicking The Dog

  • It goes without saying that Kafka is one of my very favorite writers.

    An Interview with Haruki Murakami

  • They were also interested in Kafka too - he was someone they brought in for a pre-draft visit.

    Draft Musings

  • If Kafka is a touchstone in understanding the work of Aharon Applefeld, then something like this focus on texture, on the imaginatively concrete, must be true of Appelfeld's fiction as well.

    Translated Texts

  • Kafka is at pains to give his inscrutable world as much substance and texture as is necessary to make it ... real.

    Translated Texts

  • It is completely irresponsible to mislabel Kafka — who dedicated most of his entire life to writing fiction as only a writer and never ever once declared himself as a philosopher in any of his writings — as an existentialist based on his fiction, most of which was published against his wishes after he passed away.


  • If "everything carries meaning" in Kafka's fiction, it is meaning that ultimately undoes itself.

    Canonical Writers

  • To wind up on the final Nebula ballot, a work must either have survived a round of recommendation and preliminary voting that makes up in Kafka what it lacks in elegance, or it must have been "added" by one of several juries, each of which look at different kinds of work (short fiction, produced screenplays, novels) and each of which operates under its own set of rules and protocols.



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