Wordplay: The Metamorphosis of Franz Kafka

The writer of 'The Trial' and 'The Castle' belongs to a rare group of writers whose work has inspired an adjective.

There can be no doubt that without Max Brod we would lack the one word to describe "an enigmatic and nightmarish reality where the individual is perceived as lonely, perplexed, and threatened" (OED ) - a quite common human condition in our times. The word many of us use to describe a "nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality" (Merriam-Webster ) is "Kafkaesque," an...