Then too, is Rikle Czech, because he was born in Prague. Ms Ottilie, the fact is that fin de siecle Prague was a very special place, not quite German, not quite Bohemian, as it was called then. It had an ambience of its own. It was always a special place, and I even read the Mozart, fearing that his Magic Flute might have problems in Vienna took it to Prague for its premiere. German literature has a problem, after Goethe, its most important figure is Heine, a Jew. Except for Stefan Georg, Lasker-Schiller, the Zwiegs and other Jews populated the "bestseller charts" over the decades that ran up to rise of Nazism. The fact remains that there is evidence that Kafka considered coming on Aliyah to live on a Kibbutz, the mythology says it was Beit Alfa, along with another conjectured literary figure who toyed with idea, Arthur Koestler, a Hungarian born German writer who ended up writing in English. What can I tell ya'
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