chapter  14
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THE NEIGHBORS OF KAFKA: INTELLECTUAL’S NOTE FROM THE UNDERGROUND

Not long ago, I happened to spend a few days in Prague and then a few days in my native Transylvania. My experience-purely that of a tourist-proved to be

full of surprises. It especially cleared up a number of the unknown elements among which we have been living during the past two years. Undoubtedly, Prague is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Perfectly preserved, it reigns in the middle of the continent, the undeniable capital of Central Europe. In between Franz Kafka and Václav Havel, the town has always proved to be a radiant point for European spirituality. And perhaps it was not by chance alone that Havel was brought to the Hradčany Palace, the official residence of the president of Czechoslovakia, which is just a few steps away from the Golden Lane, where at Number 22, one can find Kafka’s house.