Eleven Sons

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"Eleven Sons" (German: "Elf Söhne") is a short story by Franz Kafka.

The story begins with a father's declaration: "I have eleven sons." He then goes on to describe each one of them in detail. Kafka told Max Brod: "The eleven sons are quite simply eleven stories I am working on this very moment." The story was written between 1914 and 1917. In 1919 it appeared in Ein Landarzt. Kleine Erzählungen (A Country Doctor), a collection of Kafka's short stories published by Kurt Wolff (Munich and Leipzig)[1]


  1. ^ Kafka, Franz. The Complete Stories. New York City: Schocken Books, 1995. 473-474.