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What would Franz Kafka have thought of ‘Kafkaesque’?

2 June 2024

4:00 PM

2 June 2024

4:00 PM

Franz Kafka is one of a handful of writers whose names have become an adjective. First coined in the 1940s, the ‘Kafkaesque’ was originally used as a byword for state-sponsored terror, whether fascist or Soviet, but since then its scope has vastly expanded.

Today’s uses range from the more trivial frustrations of daily life to serious miscarriages of justice, such as the Post Office Horizon IT scandal.

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