Franz Kafka was a Prague writer of Jewish heritage who wrote in German language.
He lived in the Prague Old Town and worked for the insurance company Assicurazioni Generali located on the Wenceslas Square. Being part of the big corporation only amplified the feeling of loneliness and despair of the young writer. Franz Kafka was known to be quite introverted and timid, so the topic of "the clog in the machine" was already close to his heart. Even though his books Metamorphosis and The Castle are now considered to be classics, he was only published posthumously.
His nightmareish book settings gave birth to the term Kafkaesque, which describes bizarre and oppressive world of bureaucratic delays.