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Questions about the works of Franz Kafka (1883-1924) or his life as a writer. His most famous works include 'Die Verwandlung' ('The Metamorphosis') and 'Der Process' ('The Trial'). Questions about his works should be tagged with [german-literature].

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Why is Josef K.'s last name never revealed?

Throughout the novel, the main character's name is given only as "Josef K." In fact, as I recall, several characters even actually refer to him as Josef K. Why isn't he given a last name? Is this ...