9780393357387

Kafka's Last Trial The Case of a Literary Legacy

  • ISBN 13:

    9780393357387

  • ISBN 10:

    0393357384

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/08/2019
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

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Summary

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal friend Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfill Kafka’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscripts. Instead, Brod devoted his life to championing Kafka’s work, rescuing his legacy from both obscurity and physical destruction. Nearly a century later, an international legal battle erupted to determine which country could claim ownership: the Jewish state, where Kafka dreamed of living, or Germany, where Kafka’s three sisters perished in the Holocaust? Benjamin Balint offers a gripping account of the controversial trial in Israeli courts—brimming with dilemmas legal, ethical, and political—that determined the fate of Kafka’s manuscripts.

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