Remembering Franz Kafka on his 133rd Birth Anniversary

Born on 3rd July 1893, Franz Kafka is regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking writers of the 20th Century. His works, originally written in German have had a profound impact on literature around the world, and has given birth to the term “Kafkaesque” used to describe situations commonly found in his books. Some of his most famous works are ‘The Metamorphosis’, ‘The Trial’ and ‘The Castle’. During his lifetime, he suffered frequent bouts of illness, and did not get much recognition. He received the fame and praise he so amply deserved only after his death on the 3rd of June, 1924.








Following are some modern day interpretations of his life and work, which continue to enthrall readers and admirers even now:



  • ‘A Friend of Kakfa’: This is a short story by Nobel Prize Winner Isaac Bashevis Singer, published in 1962. The story is about a Yiddish actor named Jacques Kohn, who claimed that he knew Franz Kafka.






  • ‘Franz Kafka It’s A Wonderful life’: Written and directed by Peter Capaldi for BBC Scotland, this is a short, comic film which stars Richard E. Grant as Franz Kafka.





  • ‘Kafka on the Shore’: This is a novel published in 2002 by world renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami. There are two plots that run parallel in the novel, one featuring Kafka and the other featuring a character named Nakata.





  • ‘Kafka’s Soup’: This is a cookbook published in 2005, but not an ordinary one by any means. It  is a literary pastiche, where recipes are written in styles mimicking a number of famous authors. It includes Miso Soup by Kafka, Chocolate Cake by Irvine Welsh, onion tart by Chaucer and so on.





  • In The Penal Colony’: This is an award winning short film released in 2006, based on Kafka’s short story of the same name, which was written in 1914.







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