The Bridge (short story)
"The Bridge" ("Die Brücke") is a short story by Franz Kafka. It was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin, 1931). The first English translation by Willa and Edwin Muir was ...
Before the Law
"Before the Law" (German: "Vor dem Gesetz") is a parable contained in the novel The Trial (German: Der Prozess), by Franz Kafka. "Before the Law" was published in Kafka's lifetime, first in the Ne...
The New Advocate
"The New Advocate" is a short story by Franz Kafka. It is a very brief piece that illustrates Kafka's view of lawyers. A firm has hired a new associate, Bucephalos. The narrator realizes that times ha...
A Country Doctor (short story)
"A Country Doctor" (German: "Ein Landarzt") is a short story written in 1919 by Franz Kafka. It was first published in the collection of short stories of the same title.
The plot follows a countr...
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The Judgment
"The Judgment" ("Das Urteil") is a short story written by Franz Kafka in 1912, concerning the relationship between a man and his father.
The story begins with a young merchant, Georg Bendemann, si...
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The Burrow (short story)
"The Burrow" (German: "Der Bau") is an unfinished short story by Franz Kafka in which a mole-like being burrows through an elaborate system of tunnels it has built over the course of its life. The sto...
The Truth about Sancho Panza
"The Truth about Sancho Panza" ("Die Wahrheit über Sancho Pansa") is a short story by Franz Kafka. It was not published until 1931, seven years after his death. Max Brod selected stories and published...
The Problem of Our Laws
"The Problem of Our Laws" ("Zur Frage der Gesetze") is a short parable by Franz Kafka was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin, 1931). The first English translation by Wil...
A Report to an Academy
"A Report to an Academy" (German: "Ein Bericht für eine Akademie") is a short story by Franz Kafka, written and published in 1917. In the story, an ape named Red Peter, who has learned to behave like ...
The Next Village
"The Next Village" is a short story by Franz Kafka written between 1917 and 1923. The story presents a grandfather's comment that life is too short even to get to the neighbouring village.
A Little Fable
"A Little Fable" (German: Kleine Fabel) is a short story written by Franz Kafka between 1917 and 1923, likely in 1920. The anecdote, only one paragraph in length, was not published in Kafka's life...
The Vulture (short story)
"The Vulture" (orig. German Der Geier) is a short story by Franz Kafka, written sometime between 1917 and 1923.
A vulture hacks at the protagonist's feet until a man passing by asks him why he doe...
A Crossbreed
"A Crossbreed" ("Eine Kreuzung") is a short story by Franz Kafka.The story is about an animal that is half-kitten, half-lamb. The narrator describes how the creature has characteristics of each breed ...
The Hunter Gracchus
"The Hunter Gracchus" (German: "Der Jäger Gracchus") is a short story by Franz Kafka.The story presents a boat carrying the long-dead Hunter Gracchus as it arrives at a port. The Burgomaster of Riva e...
Eleven Sons
"Eleven Sons" (German: "Elf Söhne") is a short story by Franz Kafka.The story begins with a father's declaration: "I have eleven sons." He then goes on to describe each one of them in detail. Kafka to...
The Conscription of Troops
The Conscription of Troops is a short story by Franz Kafka. It details the process of organizing troops for combat. First, every citizen reports to their homes, then the chief inspects each residence ...
The Helmsman
"The Helmsman" is a short story by Franz Kafka, written sometime between 1917 and 1923. The story deals with a man who is deposed from his role as a helmsman and complains that his shipmates refuse to...
On Parables
"On Parables" ("Von den Gleichnissen") is a short story fragment by Franz Kafka. It was not published until 1931, seven years after his death. Max Brod selected stories and published them in the colle...
The Married Couple
"The Married Couple" ("Das Ehepaar") is a 1922 short story by Franz Kafka. It was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin, 1931). The first English translation by Willa and E...
Fellowship (short story)
"Fellowship" is a short story by Franz Kafka. Five people appear to enjoy being a group, but when a sixth person hopes to join, he is refused admittance. He perseveres, and after some time the others ...
A Common Confusion
"A Common Confusion" ("Eine alltägliche Verwirrung") is a short story by Franz Kafka. It was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin, 1931). The first English translation by ...
The Knock at the Manor Gate
"The Knock at the Manor Gate" ("Der Schlag ans Hoftor") is a short story by Franz Kafka. It was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin, 1931). The first English translation ...
The Stoker
"The Stoker" (original German: "Der Heizer") is a short story by Franz Kafka. Kafka intended to include the story as the first chapter in a novel he did not complete; the novel was posthumously publis...
The Village Schoolmaster
"The Village Schoolmaster", or "The Giant Mole" ("Der Dorfschullehrer" or "Der Riesenmaulwurf") is an unfinished short story by Franz Kafka. The story, written in December 1914 and the beginning of 19...
The Bucket Rider
"The Bucket Rider" ("Der Kübelreiter") is a short story by Franz Kafka, written in 1917. It first appeared in the Prager Presse in 1921 and was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Maue...
The Silence of the Sirens
"The Silence of the Sirens" ("Das Schweigen der Sirenen") is a short story by Franz Kafka. It was not published until 1931, seven years after his death. Max Brod selected stories and published them in...
A Hunger Artist
"A Hunger Artist" ("Ein Hungerkünstler") is a short story by Franz Kafka first published in Die neue Rundschau in 1922. The story was also included in the collection A Hunger Artist (Ein Hungerkünstle...
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Jackals and Arabs
"Jackals and Arabs" (German: "Schakale und Araber") is a short story by Franz Kafka, written and published in 1917. The story was first published by Martin Buber in the German monthly Der Jude. It ap...
A Visit to a Mine
A Visit to a Mine is a short story by Franz Kafka. The story is told by a narrator who is planning the drilling of a mine. It opens with orders from above to the workers around the mine. The narrator ...