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Stanislav Jurík: Labyrint Franze Kafky (1988)© Stanislav Jurík


Franz Kafka is by no means “just a classic”. His social critiques and images of fundamental human experiences are highly topical even today. 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of Kafka's death and 2023 would have been the 140th birthday of the world-famous author. On the occasion of these anniversaries, the Goethe-Institut will take the opportunity to reflect on his work. You can expect a variety of formats that will show new ways to his texts and the author himself. From a German studies conference, literary readings and theatrical productions to a video game, we would like to offer you a variety of perspectives on Franz Kafka.

What's new?

Video game Playing Kafka © Goethe-Institut / Charles Games

Serious Game
Playing Kafka

Together with the indie game studio Charles Games and thanks to the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture, the Goethe-Institut is developing a video game that brings Kafka's literary world to life in virtual space.


Zeitgeister, the cultural magazine of the Goethe-Institut, offers dozens of new articles on the life and work of Franz Kafka. In German and English.


Franz Kafka lebt! Divadlo 3+KK

Franz Kafka lebt!

21|03|2024 - Franz Kafka lebt! Nein, er ist tot - und er lädt Sie zu einem Familienessen ein. Sind traditionelle Familienfeiern nicht ein Albtraum? Das hier haben Sie noch nicht erlebt.

Fotoalbum Familie Kafka: Valli, Elli und Franz, etwa 1893 © Archiv Klaus Wagenbach

Das Fotoalbum der Familie Kafka

18|05—30|09|2024 - Zum 100. Todestag von Franz Kafka zeigen wir eine Ausstellung mit rund 100 Fotografien der Familie Kafka, erstmals in dieser Zusammenstellung, mit vielen bislang unveröffentlichten.

What do we know about Kafka?

From the life of Franz Kafka

Kafka's cultural legacy

Test yourself

Reading Kafka

Onleihe: Die digitale Bibliothek des Goethe-Instituts© PxHere, CC0

Digital Library Reading Kafka...

Kafka was not only a prolific author himself. His literary legacy has inspired numerous academic and lyrical works. In our digital library “Onleihe”, more than 100 works written by, or about, Franz Kafka, are available to be borrowed for free.  

Contact us

In case of questions or suggestions, please contact:

Monika Loderova
Goethe-Institut Tschechien