Franz Kafka was one of the greatest writers of the early twentieth century; he died of tuberculosis at the age of 41. His published works were few during his lifetime, but many of them saw print after his death. Kafka is best known for works such Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle and In the Penal Colony.
His work reflects a distrust of authority – particularly bureaucratic authority – and a sense of alienation from the world; in this respect, he prefigures many of the writers who would follow him in the later years of the century. Among those writers he is known to have influenced are such names as William Gibson, George Orwell, Robert Anton Wilson and Phillip K. Dick.
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