Franz Kafka would have to be one of the most overrated writers of the past two centuries
Another glorified mediocrity promoted over writers so much better than he was that he scarcely rated in comparison.
Some of his stories had interesting premises but ultimately they go nowhere. They do not even conjure up strong sympathies for the protagonist or even a desire to find out what the conclusion holds for them.
Hemingway and Dostoyevsky often wrote along similarly morbid lines and invariably they have a point in doing so which resonates with insight. Kafka was just pointless and depressing drivel. His short stories were like minor episodes of the "The Twilight Zone" with five minutes missing from the end.
I remember reading to the end of CRIME AND PUNISHMENT and thinking it was an ordeal. Published originally in serial form, you'd expect the author would have a hard time keep the plot on track for a proper climax. When I got to the last scene I decided every single page had been worth it. You could see the rich tapestry of Dostoyevsky's ideas had held the book together from the first sentence to the final word. There was a writer for you.