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Czech Square Named After Kafka

April 26, 2000

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) _ City councilors named a square after Prague’s literary son, Franz Kafka, on Tuesday despite earlier protest from the district’s mayor who said the move would have terrified the writer.

The small plaza in the heart of downtown, just off the famous Old Town Square, was named after Kafka because his house stood there before it was demolished in 1911.

The mayor of the first district, Jan Buergermeister, protested the proposal in February, arguing that naming a square after Kafka would go against the very essence of the writer’s work. Kafka is best known for his absurd novels like The Trial or The Castle.

Kafka was born in Prague in 1883 and wrote in his native German language. He was one of the best-known Czech authors of early 20th century.

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