What is better that a good story to make you feel in harmony with the entire universe at least for a while? “Kafka and the travelling doll” is a beautiful story penned by Spanish writer Jordi Sierra I Fabra, which, in a way, throws a different light on Prague-born author Franz Kafka (1883-1924). Kafka has always been pictured as a gloomy and pessimistic sort of man, but Jordi Sierra shows us his sensitive side narrating an episode which occurred to Kafka just a year before he died. It is not important to know whether it truly happened or not: it is just heart-warming.
At the age of 40, Franz Kafka, who never married and had no children, was walking through Steglitz Park in Berlin, when he met a little girl who was crying because she had lost her favorite doll. Kafka tried to help the little girl find the doll, but without success.
Kafka told her to meet him there the following day to continue the search. The next day, when they still hadn’t found the doll, Kafka gave the little girl a letter, which, he claimed, was written by the doll that said:
“Please don’t cry. I went on a trip to see the world. I’ll write you about my adventures.”
That was the beginning of a story that continued until the end of Kafka’s life. During their meetings Kafka read the doll’s letters about her adventures and conversations that the little girl found adorable.
Finally, Kafka surprised the girl telling that the doll had returned to Berlin and handed it to her ( of course, he had bought a new one). But the girl was disappointed:
“It doesn’t look like my doll at all!”
So, Kafka handed her another letter in which the doll had written:
“My travels have changed me.”
The little girl hugged the new doll and carried her happily home. A year later Kafka died. Many years later, the now adult child found a letter inside the doll. In the tiny letter signed by Kafka there was written:
“Everything you love will probably be lost, but eventually love will return in another way.”