Most of my favorite short stories are by Franz Kafka. Because he is a German author, I always assumed that he was from Germany. It turns out he was born here in Prague, lived here for most of his short life, and is buried in the Jewish Cemetery here. Though he was fluent in Czech, he wrote in German, and that is why he isn’t considered a Czech writer. He is nonetheless revered here in Prague, as evidenced by the Kafka Museum (which I didn’t have a chance to go to this time) and the above statue.
It depicts Kafka riding on the back of an empty business suit, which is a scene from one of his early stories, “Depiction of a Struggle.” It also represents Kafka’s troubled and complex relationship with his father. Around the base of the statue is the image of a beetle, which represents “The Metamorphosis,” perhaps one of his most well-known stories, and definitely worth a read.
I like Kafka because I think he’s kind of like the Lady Gaga of literature. He did things with writing that nobody else had done before, and so many modern writers are still inspired by him. I’m so glad I had a chance to see some of the places that inspired him.