His work is a mix of in-depth human nature and the life
German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer Franz Kafka is counted among the major figures of 20th-century literature. The captivating aspect of Kafka’s writing remains his intricate style of fusing the elements of realism and the fantastic. The author’s work over the years has been interpreted to explore themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. Among the many, Kafka’s best-known works include the short story The Metamorphosis and novels The Trial and The Castle. Such is his prowess of writing that the term Kafkaesque entered English describing situations like those found in his writing. Here is presenting a list of Franz Kafka works that you must read once.
It is titled in English as The Man Who Disappeared, The Missing Person and Lost in America. This is the incomplete first novel of Franz Kafka that was written between 1911 and 1914 but published posthumously in 1927. This novel of the author incorporates in detail the many experiences from his relatives who had emigrated to the United States. The plot of the book is described through the bizarre wanderings of 16-year-old European immigrant Karl Roßmann. The boy is forced to go to New York City to escape the scandal of his seduction by a housemaid who befriends a stoker as soon as the ship hits the land in the United States.
Shamefaced Lanky and Impure in Heart
German name Der Unredliche in seinemHerzen is given to Franz Kafka’s earliest surviving work of fiction, a short story he wrote in 1902. The plot of the book describes a meeting between Impure in Heart, a dandy who lives in a big city, and Shamefaced Lanky, a tall and awkward man knitting woollen socks for the peasants in an old village. The story further narrates an interaction between Impure in Heart and Shamefaced Lanky, about how the two interact, bringing about other demons.
The Blue Octavo Notebooks
Also referred to as The Eight Octavo Notebooks, it is a series of eight notebooks written from late 1917 until June 1919.
Letter to His Father
This is the letter Franz Kafka wrote to his father Hermann in November 1919. The content of the letter describes the author indicting Hermann for his emotionally abusive and hypocritical behaviour towards his son.
A few others of Franz Kafka’s works are Contemplation and A Country Doctor, which is a compilation of short stories. His other letters are Letters to Felice, Letters to Milena, Letters to Ottla, Letters to Friends, Family, and Editors. His essays are The AeroplanesAt Brescia, The First Long Train Journey, Review of Hyperion, Review of A Novel about Youth, On Kleist’s “Anecdotes.”