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Kafka, Franz

[ (kahf-kuh) ]

An Austrian author of the early twentieth century. His works, written in German, have a surreal, dreamlike quality; they frequently concern characters who are lonely, tormented, and victimized and who represent the frustrations of modern life. He is the author of “The Metamorphosis” and The Trial.

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A “kafkaesque” situation is both bizarre and frustrating.
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