Franz Kafka and Prague

His Family
His Working Life
His Isolation
His Relationships


Kafka received his PhD in 1906: a year later, he started working full time for an insurance company. He left this after a year to take up a job in the Accident Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia. In 1922 he was forced to retire from this job after having suffered for five years with tuberculosis. He received a pension, and in 1923 moved to Berlin to get away from his father and devote himself to writing. However, a year later, he died.

At work, Kafka was liked by his boss and colleagues, and was both hard working and ambitious. However, he found the combination of working during the day and writing during the night to be an "excruciating torture".


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The clinic in Kierling, Austria, where Kafka died.

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