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Google Doodle honors Franz Kafka

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Today's Google Doodle marks the anniversary of Franz Kafka's birth in 1883. Kafka, who was born in Prague, brought us memorable stories such as "Metamorphosis," the tale of a salesman who wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant bug. (Hence the creepy insect in the Doodle.)

According to the Kafka Project, the writer had misgivings about his work and before his death in 1924 asked that his unpublished manuscripts be destroyed. Luckily, literary executor Max Brod disregarded that instruction and published novels including "The Trial," "The Castle" and "Amerika."

Some memorable Kafka quotes, as compiled by BrainyQuote:

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."

"A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us."

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

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