From my “K” entry in the 2013 AtoZ Challenge:
In the world of this blogger there are two of them: a writer of genius, who died in 1924, wrote The Trial, The Castle, The Metamorphosis and a host of stories and plays, and Nakata “Kafka” Tamura, hero of “Kafka on the Shore”, the novel by Haruki Murakami.
Franz Kafka, the writer, inspired Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, among others. To the love of his life, the writer Milena Jesenská, he wrote passionate letters. Milená died in 1944, murdered with so many other women at Auschwitz. He is the lead writer on the Absurd of the beginning of the 20th century depicting the insanity of the bureaucracies of his time.
The other Kafka is a growing young man, who discovers love in the person of the unattainable Miss Saeki. When I go to Japan, I hope I will meet them both.