History Creator / FranzKafka

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]].
14th Dec '16 2:43:38 AM 06tele
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* Kafka himself is the protagonist of Creator/StevenSoderbergh's 1991 film ''Kafka.''

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* 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.''''Kafka'', where he's played by Creator/JeremyIrons.
17th Nov '16 8:04:54 AM SorPepita
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* MagicRealism
* {{Metamorphosis}}
* MindScrew
* MundaneFantastic

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* MagicRealism
MagicRealism: For example, strange, unexplained transformations.
* {{Metamorphosis}}
{{Metamorphosis}}: Literature/TheMetamorphosis, of course.
* MindScrew
MindScrew: What is ''really'' his works' meaning?
* MundaneFantasticMundaneFantastic: The fantastic is usually seen as completely mundane by almost everyone who is not the protagonist.
17th Nov '16 7:58:29 AM SorPepita
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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 a 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 a 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.



* NoEnding

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* NoEndingNoEnding: His novels.



* ShaggyDogStory

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* ShaggyDogStoryShaggyDogStory: [[ShootTheShaggyDog The dark kind.]]



* YankTheDogsChain

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* YankTheDogsChainYankTheDogsChain: Things may start to look bright. It never pays off.
6th Nov '16 10:37:39 PM spaceace72
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* 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.
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