Franz Kafka


Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a Prague German-language novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work always full of realism or fantastic elements which describe a isolated character faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers. His work usually included themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. Due to the huge quantity of symbolic elements and complex subject in Kafka's work, the challenge for this project is to express the story in a imaginative and open way. All images are from internet, which I edited heavily in Adobe Photoshop.


Redesign the book cover and first 10 pages fro Kafka's most famous 3 books which include The Castle, The Transformation and The Trail that express the darkness and absurdity in Kafka's work.


The Castle: The castle can be seen as a dream the main character try to achieve in his inter life. It just like a beautiful painting hanging on the wall which is visible but not touchable. The rope represents death and strong power from the unknown.

The Transformation: With out doubt, the insect is a must have elements in this book. At the meantime, I also added 3 butterfly to represents his parents and sisters used in a ironic way. Moldy bread represents the main character's hand work and the money his family took from him that they supposed to feel ugly and guilty.

The Trail: This design illustrated a dramatic moment for adjudgment a small bird. Most of Kafka's work involved several topics that make it harder to discribe. In this work I choose to prominent the irresistible power and the weakness of a human-being.

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