Franz Kafka


Franz Kafka Google Doodle

Today if you visit your local Google Search engine you will find a strange looking Google Doodle on the search engine. Today July 3, 2013 Google chose to celebrate the life and legacy of Franz Kafka. Franz Kafka were born today 130 years ago in Prague, Austria-Hungary on July 3, 1883. According to Wikipedia he was a novelist, short story writer and sold insurance to make some extra money.

Franz Kafka

When looking at the Google Doodle it is easy to assume that the images in the doodle portrays one of Franz Kafka stories, but without having read exactly for what he was famous for, I guess after reading that he sold insurance, the creature in the doodle might be a sales man knocking on someone’s door trying to sell insurance.

The Creature in the Google Doodle the Franz Kafka Sales Person

In 1912, Kafka wrote the story “Die Verwandlung” (“The Metamorphosis”, or “The ransformation”), was first published in 1915 in Leipzig. The story begins with a travelling salesman waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous vermin. (The Creature in the Google Doodle).

The Creature “Ungeziefer” being a general term for unwanted and unclean animals. Critics regard the work as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century.  The story “In der Strafkolonie” (“In the Penal Colony”), dealing with an elaborate torture and execution device, was written in October 1914, and revised in 1918, and published in Leipzig during October 1919.

The story “Ein Hungerkünstler” (“A Hunger Artist”), published in the periodical Die neue Rundschau in 1924, describes a victimized protagonist who experiences a decline in the appreciation of his strange craft of starving himself for extended periods.  His last story, “Josefine, die Sängerin oder Das Volk der Mäuse” (“Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk”), also deals with the relationship between an artist and his audience

Franz Kafka almost never finished his work

Franz Kafka finished none of his full-length novels and burned around 90 per cent of his work, much during the period he lived in Berlin with Diamant who helped him burn the drafts. In his early years as a writer, he was influenced by von Kleist, whose work he described in a letter to Bauer as frightening and whom he considered closer than his own family

In the scope of this article we cannot go into the complete intricacies of Franz Kafka and the nature of his work and would like to recommend the article on Wikipedia about Franz Kafka for those who are interested in his work and legacy.

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 July 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Kafka strongly influenced genres such as existentialism. His works, such as “Die Verwandlung” (“The Metamorphosis”), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle), are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, and mystical transformations.