Born: 3 July 1883
Birthplace: Prague (Czech Republic)
Died: 3 June 1924 (tuberculosis)
Best Known Work: The Trial and The Metamorphosis
Kafka is renowned for his visionary and profoundly enigmatic stories that often present a grotesque vision of the world in which individuals burdened with guilt, isolation, and anxiety make a futile search for personal salvation.
His major works include: The Trial (Der Prozess), The Castle (Das Schloss), Amerika and The Metamorphosis. Most of his works were published posthumously.
His complex and impersonal stories are so unique that his name inspired an adjective - kafkaesque.