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adjective Kafkaesque pronunciation in British English /ˌkæfkəˈesk/
 
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From the name of the Czech-German writer Franz Kafka. For the characters in Kafka's novels, the world seems mysterious and unfriendly, and it becomes very difficult to achieve things.
 

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