A Novel

Kafka’s Friend

Kafka's Friend (2011) is a moving and insightful exploration of the friendship between Franz Kafka and Max Brod, set in the early 20th century. Love and literature are central themes, intertwining in the lives of these sensitive characters.


This novel tells the powerfully emotional story of the friendship between two writers, Franz Kafka and Max Brod, and of the women who determined their destinies. Love and literature are constantly intertwined in the lives of the sensitive heroes. The novel is set in Prague in the period from 1903 to 1924, and then during 1953 in Tel Aviv. The beginning of the 20th century and the years immediately subsequent to World War I are convincingly described, while the biographies of the well-known heroes, despite the extent to which the factography is respected, present an unexpected story in Gavran’s interpretation.

The novel has gone through two editions in Croatian.

Translated and published in English, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Bulgarian, Albanian, Macedonian, French, and Lithuanian as well as partially translated into Esperanto.

Nominated for The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2013.

The novel was awarded the Prize of The Croatian Academy of Science and Art for literature 2012.

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