What are the best Franz Kafka books?

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    #1The Metamorphosis

    The Metamorphosis
    Gregor Samsa was a regular traveling salesman who one night transformed into a cockroach-looking animal. As his whole family despises him, this book uses Samsa's transformation to talk about human feeling of acceptance and guiltiness, as his new condition brought poverty to his family. 


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    Janet Tucker
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I would believe by the amount of reviews and the amount of stars this book has that it is not of the best Franz Kafka books. It also looks intriguing."
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    #2Letters To Felice

    Letters To Felice
    After meeting Felice Bauer at his friend's house, Franz Kafka started sending her letters very regularly, even twice a day. As they lived in different cities that was the only way they could know about each other. Some months later, they were engaged, but Kafka feared that would diminish his writing career. After their break-up, they started sending each other letters again, right before tuberculosis claimed his life. 


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    Juan Carlos Santillán
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "very good read "
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    Kafka's first published book is composed of eighteen poems complimented by eighteen illustrations. Despite being standalone creations, the whole set of poems is able to display the metaphorical style of Kafka more clearly. 


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    Katherine Weber
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "I purchased Contemplation because it was Franz Kafka's first book and most author's first pieces are the most enjoyable. However, I was a little disappointed in both the illustrations and the style of writing in these poems. I'll be passing this one on as a gift for someone else to enjoy because one read was enough."
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    #4The Diaries of Franz Kafka

    The Diaries of Franz Kafka

    Written between 1910 and 1923, this book contains observations, ideas and stories written by Franz Kafka. This way, every reader will be able to know more about Kafka's thoughts and feelings right before his death, as he stopped writing just one year before he died due to tuberculosis. 


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    Julie Chapman
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "If you ever read a Franz Kafka book make sure it's The Diaries of Franz Kafka. This book contains so many insights into Franz's life and inner workings. It's a must read!"
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    #5Letters to Milena

    Letters to Milena
    Even though he does not say his name in any of the letters, this is a collection of the letters Franz Kafka sent to Milena Jesenska, his 23-years old Czech translator who was able to recognize that Kafka was a genius and who was described by him as a 'living fire'. 


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    Russell Jones
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Interesting. If you want more insight into the (rather sad) life of Kafka, then this is for you. I found it moving and informative. He had an unusual sense of humor and a very articulate and charming way about him. Definitely letting strangeness show through, but I guess that showed in everything he did."
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    #6Wedding Preparations in the Country

    Wedding Preparations in the Country
    This incomplete and posthumous work by Franz Kafka narrates to journey of a groom on his way to see his future wife. The surroundings are perfectly detailed, as the unhappy man has to find something to look to before facing his inevitable fate.


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    Wayne Carlson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    " I like the way it describes the theme of the book and at the same time leaves an intrigue about what is going to happen to the main character of the book. The writer is a very renowned author and that is enough."
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    Amerika, the first novel written by Franz Kafka, tells the story of a young immigrant named Karl Rossman, who after an embarrassing sexual encounter in his homeland, is sent to America by his parents. 


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    Walter Duncan
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "My best friend is a big fan of the author Franz Kafka. Together, we searched for the best Franz Kafka books and wound up finding the book "Amerika". It was a title that we that we would love, as we both like Kafka and his writing style. Unfortunately for my friend, as he read the book he was extremely disappointed. The book didn't live up to the hype and failed to impress us. I would recommend finding a different book by Kafka."
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    #8A Country Doctor

    A Country Doctor

    During the 1917 winter, and while he was living at Prague Castle, Franz Kafka wrote the 14 short fictions featured in this book. Each one of these works is a tale about self-exploration and identity, where even animals take human shapes to unveil new identities. 


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    David Johnson
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Looks something interesting -- I guess to know more about what's happened in the past century both in relevance in today's world and retrospect in the time it was written (early 20th century by today's use of term)."
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    #9The Complete Stories

    The Complete Stories

    With the exception of his three novels The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, The Complete Stories includes all of Franz Kafka's literary work, even those published posthumously.


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    Roy Alvarez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a big collection of Franz Kafka's literary works. It includes all of his work besides three novels and is a great read."
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    #10The Castle

    The Castle

    The Castle is a classic 20th-century piece for young adults written by huge literary icon Franz Kafka. It was originally published in 1926, two years after the author's death. This version has the translation of Mark Harman.


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    Virginia Guzmán
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is one of the best Franz Kafka books. He is such an icon and this books just proves it. It works as an introduction to his work and it is amazing if you want to learn to love him. Also, the paperback quality is impressive."


Best What are the best Franz Kafka books
1The MetamorphosisBooks 16 Paid
2Letters To FeliceBooks 11 Paid
3ContemplationBooks 11 Paid
4The Diaries of Franz KafkaBooks 10 Paid
5Letters to MilenaBooks 9 Paid
6Wedding Preparations in the CountryBooks 8 Paid
7AmerikaBooks 7 Paid
8A Country DoctorBooks 5 Paid
9The Complete StoriesBooks 5 Paid
10The CastleBooks 1 Paid

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