Franz Kafka is best known and world-renowned representative of Prague German literature, one of the most significant fiction writers in 20th-century world literature.
After graduating in law from Prague’s German University, he worked from 1907 to 1922 as an official in two insurance associations. He regarded writing as his main purpose in life and found it hard to reconcile in with his work at the office which he performed conscientiously.
Franz Kafka fell ill with a lung disease in 1917 and battled in vain with the illness for seven years.
He was extremely self-critical about his literary output, releasing only small portions for publication, mostly under protest.
The majority of Franz Kafka works, the part which was to ensure his international reputation, was published from his estate thanks to the refusal of Kafka’s closest friend Max Brod to respect the author’s wishes that the manuscripts be burned without mercy.