Franz Kafka Gets A Google Logo On 130th Birthday

Jul 3, 2013 • 8:16 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

Today on Google properties worldwide you will find a creepy and buggy logo that makes you feel itchy and want to scratch yourself. Don't worry, it will only be up on Google's home page for a day and then it will go away.

Franz Kafka Google Logo

The logo is to remember one of the worlds most influential writers of the 20th century, Franz Kafka. Today is the 130th day since his birth.

Franz Kafka was born in Austria-Hungary in 1883 and died at the age of 40 on June 3, 1924 also in Austria.

The logo represents one of his most famous works, Die Verwandlung" ("The Metamorphosis"). The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous vermin. It is one of the most important works in fiction in the 20th century.

Franz Kafka was one of those people who became really well known after his death.

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07/03/2013 01:06 pm

Oh man, that doodle is so...Kafkaesque. Ha, great doodle, love it.

Heath Filmore

07/03/2013 02:05 pm

In honor of Kafka's 130th birthday I suggest that everyone read the book META-BLEEDIN'-MORPHOSIS, which is Kafka's legendary tale as told by a guy who may or may not have been Michael Caine.


07/03/2013 03:23 pm

Eh, Kafka wouldn't like this. He is intentionally vague in his depiction of the type of creature Samsa transforms into, and he was upset about a depiction of the creature on the cover of the book, saying that it looked too much like an insect, and that he didn't want it depicted at all, not even from a distance. Google has drawn what looks very much like a cockroach, and it has far too much humanity compared to what Kafka described. I have to wonder if the person who drew this doodle even read the book.

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