Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924) was born of Jewish parents in Prague. He ranks among the twentieth-century's most acclaimed writers. His works evoke anxiety, alienation and uncertainty in a world that is largely unfeeling and unfamiliar. He bequeathed his main body of work to long-time friend Max Brod, asking for it to be burned unread. Brod disobeyed Kafka and his work is now considered among the most original in Western literature.
Joshua Cohen was born in 1980 in Atlantic City. He has written novels (Moving Kings, Book of Numbers), short fiction (Four New Messages), and nonfiction for The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, n+1, London Review of Books, The New Republic, and others. In 2017 he was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. He lives in New York City.