Kafka would have been a major loss
I strongly agree, though we should not trivialise his thinking as a contribution to "The Novel."
It has been my experience that those who have become bitter towards the possibility of thoughtfulness will dismiss that which might lead to a turn in their own thinking. Here are we as the modern man is.
Here we rail against academic pedantry while ourselves diving into whichever "ism" (traditionalism, nihilism, satanism, nationalism, romanticism, activism, neoclassicism, classicism) fits our mood. We expect these ideas, for all their bluster, for all their importance, to be well grounded, to be thoughtful, and yet we find that they are not. We find instead that they are simply bad metaphysics. That they form a candy-stuffed grab bag of speculative "worldviews" and thinkers. That there are no essential differences between ideologies. Here are we as the modern man is.
Here we are concerned with the illness of modernity, with the illness of commodification, and yet we urge "JUST ACT! JUST DO IT!" seemingly unaware of the irony (Nike: Just Do It!).
To "fix" the world, to holocaust people, to pledge allegiance to causes and ideologies and movements is merely to propagate the thinking we oppose. How powerful, how pressing it sounds to accuse one of being "out of touch with reality," and yet, does it not make us tremble to see that this notion of "Reality (TM)," this baseless metaphysical principle, is the greatest barrier to thoughtfulness that we face. Nikeism is the death of thinking. Here are we as the modern man is.
I urge a return to the Earth, that we might nurture an authentic culture, that we might tend the coals of thinking. Culture is not "ideas" and "ideals" in themselves; it is the soil in which those things grow. Let us be gentle, subtle, caring and thoughtful in sowing new seeds.