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The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories 

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Updated June 14, 2019 543 votes 178 voters 7.7k views 40 items

List Rules Upvote the short stories written by author Franz Kafka that you think are the greatest.

The absolute best Franz Kafka short stories of all time, ranked by the votes of the community. This list has the most popular Franz Kafka short stories. Kafka, born in 1883 in Prague, is most widely known for his masterpiece short story "The Metamorphosis" ("Die Verwandlung"). Kafka's work often focuses on themes of alienation and brutality. What are the best short stories ever written by Franz Kafka?
 
This list features the absolute best Franz Kafka short stories. The titles are listed based on the community's votes and include "The Metamorphosis," "In The Penal Colony," and "Description of a Struggle." Cast your votes below for the best short stories Franz Kafka wrote, and see how he ranks among the best novelists of all time.
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The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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A Hunger Artist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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In the Penal Colony is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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The Judgement is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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A Country Doctor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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Before the Law is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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A Report To an Academy ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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The Hunter Gracchus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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The Burrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
1931
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The Cell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
1912
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The Village Schoolmaster... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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Description of a Struggl... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
1931
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The Vulture is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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The Great Wall of China ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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Investigations of a Dog ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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The Cares of a Family Ma... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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Up in the Gallery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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Blumfeld, an Elderly Bac... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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A Common Confusion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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The City Coat of Arms is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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Shamefaced Lanky and Imp... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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The Next Village is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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The Helmsman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
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Advocates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Franz Kafka Short Stories
1936