Franz Kafka

Flavorwire Exclusive: Famous Authors in Santa Hats Wish You Happy Holidays

‘Tis the season for eggnog, presents, ugly sweaters, relatives getting too drunk at family functions, and little kids hoping that old St. Nick will bring them gifts that they will probably tire of within days of ripping open the packaging come December 25th. It’s Christmastime, and just like you and everyone you know who is pasting a Santa hat on their Twitter avatar or Facebook profile pic, your favorite authors like to get into the spirit of things as well. So, with quite a bit of Photoshopping research, we assembled this series of never-before-seen images of famous authors revealing a festive side that — in many cases — we never knew existed. Here they are, donning festive gear and telling us what they want for the holidays. … Read More

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20 Famous Authors as Dolls

How best to prove your adoration of a particular writer? Make a doll in their likeness, of course. Or if you’re a little less than crafty, buy one. Or, you know, just look at them on the Internet. This last bit you can accomplish right now. Yes, your favorite authors have been immortalized as everything from action figures to wooden works of art to paper dolls to LEGO figurines, and you’ll find 20 of them after the jump. As an added bonus, many of them are buyable, so if you’re still looking to fill your favorite bookish friend’s holiday stocking, look no further. But be prepared for them to think you’re slightly creepy. … Read More

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15 Works of Dystopian Fiction Everyone Should Read

Dystopian fiction has enjoyed a renaissance in these scary post-9/11 times, and the fact that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is sure to destroy all competition at the box office is a testament to the fact that, weirdly enough, fiction set in some post-apocalyptic world run by some totalitarian government has occupied the same place in the current cultural zeitgeist as otherworldly monsters like vampires and zombies. … Read More

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50 Incredibly Tough Books for Extreme Readers

Maybe it’s a Pavlovian response to years of schooling, or that the brisk weather affords more hours inside, or something else entirely, but the fact is this: November seems like the time to take on the heftiest reading on your list. And let’s face the facts: some books are only for the toughest readers on the block, your Sylvester Stallones of literature, as it were. So for those of you who count yourself tough, here’s a list of books for you: some absurdly long, some notoriously difficult, some with intense or upsetting subject matter but blindingly brilliant prose, some packed into formations that require extra effort or mind expansion, and some that fit into none of those categories, but are definitely for tough girls (or guys)… Read More

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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer, and All Hallow’s Eve draws near. You know what that means: it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers — or at least make you check the locks twice. Here, for your horrifying pleasure, are 50 of the scariest books ever written in the English language, whether horror, nonfiction, or speculative futures you never want to… Read More

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10 Bizarre Literary Landmarks Everyone Should Visit

Everyone knows about the Important Literary Places, and authors’ graves and childhood homes abound in guidebooks and popular knowledge. But what about the slightly weirder literary landmarks? They’re worth a visit, too, and perhaps even more so — after all, at least one of them can cure your illness if you give it a good rub. From road signs to impossibly smug sculptures, find ten bizarre literary landmarks worth a visit after the jump — and add your own favorites to the list in the… Read More

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50 Works of Fiction in Translation That Every English Speaker Should Read

There’s an entire world of literature out there if you just look beyond what was written in your native tongue. Major works in other languages are being translated into English all the time, meaning that there’s no time like the present for you to enjoy books from places like Russia, Egypt, Mexico, and other nations around the globe. So if you’re looking to get your literary passport stamped, here are 50 destinations to start you… Read More

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How to Celebrate Franz Kafka’s 130th Birthday

Franz Kafka was born in Prague 130 years ago on this day. And even though it took decades after his death in 1924 at the age of 40 for “Kafkaesque” to become a word we overused to describe concepts and situations reminiscent of Kafka’s fiction, he has gone on to become not only one of the most studied authors of the 20th century, but also one who continues to inspire plenty of writers, directors, and artists to comment and emulate his work. If you’re looking to celebrate the great writer’s birth, here are a few great options. … Read More

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10 Literary Restaurants for Hungry Book Nerds Around the World

What’s even better than drinking while reading? Eating while reading, of course (hint: you can have a drink, too). With the news that Biblio, a book-themed eatery, was popping up in Williamsburg, Flavorwire took to the Internet to put together a guide to a few amazing-looking literary-themed restaurants from around the world. Indulge your eyes (and, if you’re close enough, your stomachs) at these bookish… Read More

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