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This year will mark 90 years from the death of Franz Kafka.

Franz Kafka

Come with us in the footsteps of Franz Kafka in the special tour of PragueZones focusing on Kafka.

 

This year will mark ninety years from the death of Franz Kafka. He died very young, only forty years old.

Who was Kafka?

According to his friend Max Brod, Kafka was always quite carefully, but unobtrusively dressed. He did not like vulgar jokes, always smiling and kind. His only fault was that he was very underestimated. According to his friends, Kafka was a funny and sensitive companion. He was a non-smoker and for a considerable part of his life, a vegetarian, until his doctors convinced him to eat meat for the reason of his advancing tuberculosis. He did not drink alcohol, coffee or tea, and usually avoided chocolate.

The important themes of his work were feelings of isolation, disabled in contrast with an often humorous and ironic trial. Another important feature of his work were heroes who became the subject of humiliation. The ending of his stories are usually quite tragic and hopeless.

Kafka was born in 1883 at the intersection of the Jewish Quarter and Old Town. In 1914, he began work on The Trial, and in that time he never knew that he had begun to write one of the most famous works of world literature. In January 1915, his work was interrupted until 1921 , when he was already receding and advancing in tuberculosis. Another important and very well-known story is his Metamorphosis. Kafka published only a few short stories during his lifetime. Before dying, he instructed his friend and literary executor Max Brod to destroy all his manuscripts and make sure that they would never have seen the light of day. Nevertheless, Brod ignored the instructions of Kafka and superintended the publication of most of his works, which soon attracted the attention of many critics. Kafka became a famous author only after his death, following World War II. He become one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

In July 2010, there were four safes opened at the UBS bank in Zurich containing unpublished works of Kafka, the remaining part of the literary heritage left by Kafka to his friend Max Brod, and from him these passed to his secretary and friend, Esther Hoffe, who left his inheritance to her daughters, Eva and Ruth, not intending to make public the contents of the boxes.

Come with us in the footsteps of Franz Kafka in the special tour of PragueZones focusing on Kafka. We will show you where he lived during his life in Prague and we will introduce you to his work... Please contact us for further information.