History Creator / FranzKafka

17th Apr '17 7:02:36 PM ElectroKraken
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* OutOfOrder: ''The Trial'' contains a lot of self-contained chapters, and it is unclear in what order Kafka intended them to be read.
1st Apr '17 11:58:15 PM PaulA
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!! Appearences in popular culture:

* He appears in a historical / flashback episode of ''Series/NorthernExposure,'' played by the series' star Rob Morrow. Yes, the show set entirely in Alaska.
* In ''Film/TheProducers,'' while looking for the worst play ever written, Max reads the first line from ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis,'' and rejects it as being too good.
* Creator/RobertCrumb made an analytical comic book / book about Kafka's life.
* The young Indiana Jones meets him in ''Series/YoungIndianaJones."
* Music/FrankZappa advises buyers of his album ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'' to read Kafka's "In the Penal Colony" before listening to the last track.
* The "Director's Cut" episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' features a plotline where teenage metalhead Duane attempts to persuade Brendon to film his RockOpera of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uaaF83eVig Kafka's ''Metamorphosis,'']] which Brendon is unwilling to do, preferring to direct a film called ''Louis, Louis'' depicting a fictional encounter between Louis Pasteur and Louis Braille.
-->"A, rock opera, based on Franz Kafka's ''Metamorphosis''... I don't think so."
-->[[PunctuatedForEmphasis "HE! IS! FRANZ! KAF! KA! FRANZ-KAF-KA!"]]
* ''Website/TheOnion'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEyFH-a-XoQ ran a video]] about how Prague's Franz Kafka International airport is the most alienating, dehumanizing airport in the world.
* There's a ShoutOut to ''In the Penal Colony'' in ''[[Literature/BookOfTheNewSun The Shadow of the Torturer]]'' where the head torturer shows a prisoner an apparatus designed to carve slogans into someone's flesh and mentions that it isn't working properly. [[spoiler: In the original story, there is such an apparatus, which malfunctions and carves a slogan into the ''guard's'' flesh.]]
* He was played by Creator/DanielDayLewis in Creator/AlanBennett's 1986 BBC TV drama ''The Insurance Man''.
* Kafka himself is the protagonist of Creator/StevenSoderbergh's 1991 film ''Kafka'', where he's played by Creator/JeremyIrons.
* In ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac,'' Johnny's cockroaches (although he believes them all to be one constantly regenerating cockroach) are named "Mr. Samsa," after the character from ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis.''
* The works of Kafka are a major influence on ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' and its sequel, ''Tokyo Ghoul:Re.'' Near the beginning of the series, Kaneki compares his transformation into a HalfHumanHybrid to ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis.'' It is also mentioned that oft-mentioned novelist Sen Takatsuki titled her first work ''Dear Kafka,'' hinting that she was influenced by his work. In the sequel, Kafka's short story ''A Crossbreed'' is discussed briefly and seems to be a metaphor for the relationship between HalfHumanHybrid Sasaki and his ParentalSubstitute, Arima.
* The Scottish post-punk band Josef K were named after the main character of ''The Trial,'' ''The Castle,'' and ''A Dream.''
* Israeli skit show ''The Jews Are Coming,'' satirizing Jewish / Israeli history and lore, featured [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms8OlGw38A8 a skit]] in which the moribund Kafka asks Max Brod to burn all of his writings, but keeps asking him to spare more and more works, to the point he wants to keep the empty pizza box in his room. [[spoiler: Finally, Brod, who got so worked up about burning ''something,'' randomly burns a piece of paper he finds... Which turns out to be [[DeathByIrony Kafka's medication prescription]] for his [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tuberculosis]]. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Kafka dies that day]].]]
* The Samsa from ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', artificially-created giant shapeshifting cockroaches, are named for the main character of "Metamorphosis".
* Another tabletop game, ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'', has samsas, semi-robotic insect bodies primarily used for combat. The default is cockroach-like.
* Quite a bit of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'' takes ques from Kafka. The general plot of the game is about people trapped in an oppressive world where all the mean-spirited terrors are never explained while being watched over by an uncaring watcher. The main antagonist is a noted fan of Kafka and bases her plans off his works, each level is named after one of his works, and each level is proceeded by a quote from Kafka.
1st Apr '17 11:47:17 PM PaulA
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!!This author's work includes examples of:

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!!This author's work includes !!Works by Franz Kafka with their own pages include:
* ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis''

!!Other works by Franz Kafka include
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* {{Metamorphosis}}: Literature/TheMetamorphosis, of course.
13th Mar '17 4:14:03 PM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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* Another tabletop game, ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'', has samsas, semi-robotic insect bodies primarily used for combat. The default is cockroach-like.
19th Dec '16 12:02:11 PM JulianLapostat
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* BiographyAClef: Creator/StevenSoderbergh's film ''Kafka'' uses the author's fiction as a key to tell his life story.
14th Dec '16 5:23:06 PM 04tele
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* NoEnding: His novels.

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* NoEnding: His novels.Two out of his three novels have no ending. ''The Trial'' does have an ending, but it's known that Kafka hadn't finished work on it when he died.
14th Dec '16 5:21:21 PM 04tele
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* HopeSpot: Josef K in ''The Trial'' has one, on the last page of the book, when he sees a window open and a person leans out and stretches out his/her arms.
14th Dec '16 5:17:10 PM 04tele
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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: He was a Trope Codifier. One of the most revealing exchanges in all his work is towards the end of ''The Trial'', when Josef K goes to the cathedral and talks to a priest:
-->'But I'm not guilty,' said K. 'It's a mistake. How can a person be guilty at all? Surely we are all human beings here, one like the other.'\\
'That is right,' said the priest, 'but that is the way the guilty are wont to talk.'



* OneLetterName: K. in ''The Castle'' and Joseph K. in ''The Trial''.

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* OneLetterName: K. in ''The Castle'' and Joseph K. Josef K in ''The Trial''.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Josef K in ''The Trial'' thinks he's a plucky everyman fighting against injustice. He's very, very wrong.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Josef K in ''The Trial'' thinks he's a plucky everyman fighting against injustice. He's very, very wrong. However -- and this is the characteristically Kafkaesque twist -- it's never clear ''why'' he's wrong.
14th Dec '16 5:11:15 PM 04tele
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** Karl Rossman, protagonist of ''Amerika'', unwillingly gets the family maid pregnant, gets sent off to America by his father without any practical skills he could make a decent living with, finds a long-lost uncle, only to be thrown out after he visits an acquaintance against his uncle's will, gets an alright job as a lift boy, is dismissed due to the Head Porter who has it in for Karl because he does't greet the Porter politely and regularly, falls in with rogues (not the lovable kind), etc.

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** Karl Rossman, protagonist of ''Amerika'', unwillingly gets the family maid pregnant, gets sent off to America by his father without any practical skills he could make a decent living with, finds a long-lost uncle, only to be thrown out after he visits an acquaintance against his uncle's will, gets an alright job as a lift boy, is dismissed due to the Head Porter who has it in for Karl because he does't greet the Porter politely and regularly, falls in with rogues (not the lovable kind), etc. [[spoiler: It's averted in the end, when Karl is accepted into the rather utopian Theatre of Oklahoma.]]



* {{Determinator}}: K in ''The Castle''. {{Deconstructed}}: all his efforts are in vain. He would be happier if he just gave up.

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* {{Determinator}}: K in ''The Castle''. {{Deconstructed}}: all his efforts are seemingly in vain. He would be might have been happier if he just gave up.up, although the book ends in mid-sentence and we only have hints as to how it would probably have ended.



* DownerEnding: The only books that do not have one are the books Kafka never finished.

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* DownerEnding: The only books that do not have one are the books Kafka never finished.Much of his work.


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** ''The Trial'' contains a sentence in its first page which, in that it represents Kafka's uniquely elusive syntax, is a Mind Screw in itself. Josef K wakes up to find himself under arrest. He says to the man who's arresting him, "Anna is supposed to bring me my breakfast," referring to his landlady's daughter. The man says to somebody just outside the room, "He wants Anna to bring him his breakfast." The next sentence goes like this, in the original German: ''Ein kleines Gelächter im Nebenzimmer folgte, es war nach dem Klang nicht sicher, ob nicht mehrere Personen daran beteiligt waren.'' The most accurate published translation of this sentence's pileup of multiple negatives goes like this: "There was a brief burst of laughter from the next room, but it was not clear from the sound whether there might not be more than one person there." Good luck figuring that out.
14th Dec '16 4:43:38 PM 04tele
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** His Fandom, however, managed to take this to a whole new level by [[http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8791.html publishing the various insurance claim reports Kafka wrote for his day job as a lawyer]] (particularly noteworthy works include "Fixed-Rate Insurance Premiums for Small Farms Using Machinery" and "Accident Prevention in Quarries") and interpreting them in this vein. Although knowing that Kafka used to work in law probably puts ''TheTrial'' into [[WriteWhatYouKnow a new light]].
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