Franz Kafka was a lawyer and an investigator of industrial accidents for an insurance company in Prague.
In August 1917, while Franz Kafka was working in an insurance company in Prague, an enraged spy named Indiana Jones burst in Kafka's office demanding "Form 27A". Jones narrated all his frustrating adventures concerning the bureaucracy—including his brief stay in jail due to a mistake—all just to install a telephone. Kafka simply responded that not only had Jones stumbled into the wrong office, but also that Form 27A had become obsolete, superseded by Form 27B.
Kafka, however, was moved by Indy's (who introduced himself as "Amadeus Schubelgruber") story and decided to assist him in finding that form. He led him to an office and looked for Anton Dvorak, the only employee who supplied 27B. As if Indy's obstacles were not enough, Dvorak explained that he lost the key to the cabinet. Kafka proposed to call the janitor, but for this Dvorak said he would need form 103C, which was also inside the cabinet.
Kafka added that there were ways to fight bureaucracy, and proposed to carry the cabinet itself to the janitor, located in the basement. In their attempt to carry it down the stairway, the three used a rope from a hoist belonging to a restoration crew working on the building. Indy, however, pulled the wrong end of the rope. The cabinet began to roll down the stairs, taking ladders and scaffolds with it and causing havoc in its wake.
Eventually it crashed in the hall, scattering all its papers about the room. Finally finding form 27B, Indy thanked Kafka for his assistance, who replied that bureaucracy could be interesting. As Indy left, Kafka observed "what a... trial" the events had been.
Behind the scenesEdit
The real Kafka found fame as a writer of modern tales showcasing a nightmarish, absurd, bureaucratic world. His stories include The Metamorphosis (1915), The Trial (1925) and The Castle (1926).