Franz Kafka’s 130rd birthday Google Doodle


“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” By Franz Kafka. On 3 July 2013 Google celebrated the life and legacy of Li Shizhen and Franz Kafka on National and International Search Engines across the world. Depending in which country you searched you would have either received the

Li Shizhen

Google Doodle or the

Franz Kafka

Google Doodle.

Franz Kafka

“The Franz Kafka Google Doodle – 3 July 2013”

Franz Kafka 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. One of his most famous quotes were “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” which is interesting since he loved writing about monsters, aliens and the abnormal.

Franz Kafka, who was born in Prague in 1883, died in 1924 near Vienna at just 40 years of age. His works included “Die Verwandlung” (The Metamorphosis or Transformation) and “Das Schloss” (The Castle), which influenced the existentialist genre of philosophical thinking beginning with the human subject championed by Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Camus and Sartre.

In Todays Google Doodle it depicts one of the stories from “Die Verwandlung” about a travelling salesman called Gregor who wakes up one day find himself transformed into a beetle. Interestingly Franz Kafka himself were a Insurance Sales Man and this may have been his original inspiration for the “Die Verwandlung” which possibly is after today’s Google Doodle his most famous work.