Renowned author of the critically acclaimed Metamorphosis, Kafka was born into a Jewish family in Prague on 3rd July 1883. After starting his career in an Italian Insurance company which he referred to as his ‘bread job’ he started his literary career parallelly. Though born into a family with Jewish roots, German was his first language.
His most popular and best-selling short story, The Metamorphosis, was completed in 1912 and published in 1915. This was followed by Mediation, a collection of short stories, in 1913, and Before the Law, a parable within his novel The Trial, written between 1914 and 1915. The Judgment published in 1916, dealt about the relationship he had with his father.
Kafka’s health deteriorated during his period but still completed A Hunger Artist, which features four stories that demonstrate the concise and lucid style that marked his writing at the end of his life. He died on June 3, 1924 due to deteriorating health.