Questions about the German-language author Franz Kafka and his works, which include 'Die Verwandlung' ('The Metamorphosis') and 'Der Process' ('The Trial'). Use this tag with the [german-literature] tag.
Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924) lived in Prague and wrote in German. Few of his works were published during his lifetime; the author ordered his friend Max Brod to destroy his unfinished works after his death, but Brod published them nevertheless.
The works published before Kafka's death include the following:
- Betrachtung (1912; Contemplation): a collection of short stories;
- "Das Urteil" (1913, "The Judgment"): a short story;
- "Die Verwandlung" (1915; "The Metamorphosis"): a short story;
- Ein Landarzt (1919; A Country Doctor): another collection of short stories;
- "In der Strafkolonie" (1919; "In the Penal Colony"): a short story.
Some of Kafka's most famous works were published posthumously. These posthumous publications include the following:
- Der Process (1925; The Trial);
- Das Schloss (1926; The Castle);
- Der Verschollene / Amerika (1927; The Man Who Disappeared): an unfinished early novel;
- Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (1931; The Great Wall of China): a collection of short stories.
Kafka's Diaries, written between 1909 and 1923, and his letters were also published after his death.