Kafka-Borges festival opens in Prague this week
"One morning Gregor Samsa awoke from troubled dreams to find himself transformed into a giant beetle...." One of the most famous opening lines in world literature, Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Now if you're a fan of Prague's greatest literary son, it will be well worth coming to the Czech capital in the next few weeks.
"The official opening of the whole festival will take place at the grave of Franz Kafka on June 3 and the official end will take place at the statue of Franz Kafka, which was unveiled last December. In fact, it is the first Kafka statue here in Prague after so many years. We'll start with a performance of Metamorphosis on Thursday evening at the Comedy Theatre (Divadlo Komedie). The director is Arnost Goldflam, a very well known director and writer here."
But those of you not familiar with the works of both authors may be wondering what they have in common. Although they never met, there is much that links their work says Milos Pojar:
"Both works have many similarities such as the use of metaphors and symbols like a labyrinth, eternity, repetitions, strangeness, dreams, and the other self. The nightmare work of Borges' fiction is also very similar to the work of Kafka. Kafka's work is in the curriculum at Czech high schools and young students must be familiar with Kafka. As far as Borges is concerned, he is not so much known here as he could be. This is also one goal of the festival - to bring the work of Borges closer to Czech visitors."