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Kafkaesque (adj) – 1. Of or relating to Franz Kafka or his writings.
2. Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Kafkaesque means ?having a disorienting, confusing, nightmarish quality; feeling surreal and threatening,? as, for instance, a form letter from the IRS. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a German-speaking Jew born in Prague, Bohemia (now the capital of the Czech Republic). Kafka received a rigorous secular education: he wrote in both German and Czech and spoke German with a Czech accent but never thought himself fluent in Czech. He began publishing his artistic prose in 1908. Kafka?s father, Hermann Kafka (1854-1931), was a clothing retailer in Prague and employed around a dozen people in his business. Hermann Kafka used the image of a jackdaw (kavka in Czech) as the logo for his business. Kafkaesque entered English in the 20th century.

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