The protagonist of Franz Kafka is a suffering, humiliated, unhappy and defenseless “little man”, so it is not surprising that different researchers point to Kafka’s creative relationships with other writers revealing this topic. For example, Vladimir Nabokov, a well-known writer, translator and literary critic, compared Gregor Zamzu and Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin. He believed that in the “Overcoat” and in “Transformation” “the hero, endowed with a certain sensitivity, is surrounded by grotesque heartless characters, ridiculous or creepy figures… In Gogol and Kafka, the absurd hero dwells in an absurd world, but touchingly and tragically beats, trying to get out of it into the world of human beings – and dying in despair. “
The French writer Natalie Sarrot believed that if we consider literature as an ongoing relay race, then Kafka “received a treasured wand from the hands of Dostoevsky, and not from any other writer.”
You can agree or refute the opinions of these famous people, and you, having conducted your own research, for example, “Franz Kafka and Nikolai Gogol”, “FM Dostoevsky’s Traditions in the Work of Franz Kafka.” Please note that your literary findings can form the basis of future serious research.