Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. Several of his story collections were published in his lifetime and his novels, The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, were published posthumously by his editor Max Brod.
The Dante of the Twentieth Century -- W. H. Auden
This compelling, prophetic novel anticipates the insanity of modern bureaucracy and the coming of totalitarianism -- The Daily Telegraph
It is the fate and perhaps the greatness of that work that it offers everything and confirms nothing -- Albert Camus
It was Kafka who made me understand that one can write differently -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez