The Legacy of Franz Kafka As Seen Through His Impact on Gabriel García Márquez | Memoir | Biographile


The influence of Kafka, born 130 years ago this week (July 3, 1883) in Prague, is  great among twentieth-century writers from Albert Camus to Jorge Luis Borges — the term Kafkaesque has even entered the vernacular as a way to describe events so bizarre they seem surreal — but the transformation of his protagonist Gregor Samsa from alienated bureaucrat into a gigantic insect over the course of one morning seems to have had the most profound impact on the literary output of Gabriel García Márquez, who cites the story as inspiring his vocation.

via The Legacy of Franz Kafka As Seen Through His Impact on Gabriel García Márquez | Memoir | Biographile.

 

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