Austro-Hungarian-Czech-German-Jewish writer Franz Kafka is the author of the story collections Ein Landarzt and Betrachtun, as well as many uncollected stories, such as “Die Verwandlung,” which appeared in small journals. A third collection of stories, Ein Hungerkünstler, though readied for publication, remained unreleased in his lifetime. His novels Amerika, Der Prozess, and Das Schloss consolidated Kafka’s posthumous fame. Jorge Luis Borges, Jean-Paul Sartre, José Samarago, and Thomas Bernhard are among later writers claiming a debt to Kafka. But perhaps his main contribution to the world of letters is the adjective “Kafkaesque,” which unlike any expression before or since, can be used by multitudes of Ted Talk celebrities to describe an infinite number of unrelated qualities.
He will be interviewed by his executor and so-called friend Max Brod. By the author’s request, there will be no Q&A following the event. Herr Kafka has consented to meet his fans in the foyer, where he will remain on hand to consign their personal copies of his works to the flames.