Kafkaesque. You may have read this term from time to time and wondered what it meant. In most cases it means whoever is using it is trying to sound smart but in some cases it is totally appropriate. Franz Kafka is a German/Czech writer from the late 1800/early 1900s. He was known for his plain language description of surreal and confusing situations. He wrote a story about a man that was accused of a crime in a story called The Trial. For the entire story the man tries to work his way through the insanely elaborate and confusing legal system. In the end he does not find out what he is accused of, only that he is guilty and is sentenced to death. (Spoilers are allowed for stories written in 1925, sorry.) Sometimes I feel like Kafka’s stories were prophetic rather than stylistic.