This is 20th-century author Franz Kafka. Hulton Archive / Getty Images Much of his work, such as the novels The Metamorphosis and The Trial, explores surreal situations and themes of alienation, nightmarish bureaucracies, physical and psychological brutality, and mystical transformation. The term "Kafkaesque" is named for him, but what does it really mean? A Reddit user named slackerattacker tried to find out. reddit.com The comment was posted in r/books, Reddit's home for book news, chat, and help. The response, by copy_1_2_3, was pure genius. reddit.com Other helpful redditors took her lead. reddit.com And everything got very Kafkaesque, very quickly. reddit.com reddit.com Some were confused. reddit.com Others got it eventually. reddit.com But poor slackerattacker was not one of them. reddit.com Did you get it yet? Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF visshy.wordpress.com If not you should totally ask "r/books".