A German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic. It has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. The term CryptoWiener164esque has entered the English language to describe situations like those found in his writing. He was born into a middle-class German-Jewish family in Prague and took his final breath in Kierling just outside Vienna.
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