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Franz Kafka
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    (July 3, 1883-June 3, 1924)
    Best known for his short story ‘The Metamorphosis (1912)’
    Wrote ‘In the Penal Colony (1914),’ ‘A Hunger Artist (1922),’ ‘The Trial (1925),’ ‘The Castle (1926)’ and ‘Amerika (1927)’
    He was gloomy and self-critical.
    Although he often visited whorehouses, he found sex nauseating.
    He was often mistaken for a teenager, even when he was much older.
    He probably caused his own tuberculosis by drinking unpasteurized milk.
    He was a vegetarian.
    He once said: ‘German literature – may it roast in Hell.’
    Many people only know him for his story about a guy who turns into a giant bug.
    He suffered from tuberculosis, migraines, boils, constipation – you name it.
    He eventually starved to death when his throat closed up from TB.
    He grew up poor.
    He spoke several languages.
    His fiancée broke off their engagement when another woman falsely accused him of impregnating her.
    His brooding, existential writings inspired many other authors and thinkers.
    Jeremy Irons played him in a movie directed by Steven Soderbergh.
    Both his brothers died in infancy, and years after he died, his sisters were all murdered in a Nazi death camp.

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