July 3, 2023, marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of the writer Franz Kafka, and June 3, 2024, marks the 100th anniversary of his death. There are many good reasons to take a closer look at this outstanding figure in the history of German-language literature. But how did Kafka come to write in German in the first place? How did his multilingual environment in Prague and his own background influence his linguistic development? Let's hear what Franz Kafka himself has to say.