Kafka, a Prague native who wrote in German, was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, best known for his surreal tales he wrote classics like “The Metamorphosis,” in which a salesman wakes up transformed into a giant insect, and “The Trial,” where a bank clerk is put through an excruciating trial without ever being told the charges against him.

(Interestingly a horde of his writings are caught up in a Trial of there own. Papers, retrieved from bank vaults where they have sat untouched and unread for decades, could shed new light on one of literature’s darkest figures, but they won’t see the light of day until an Israeli court unravels the tangled question of the collection’s rightful owner.)

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