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Kafka's Last Trial: The Strange Case Of A Literary Legacy [Paperback-2019]
Benjamin Balint
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Category:Biography & AutobiographyBiography-LiteraryBiography-Literary-Bil
Publisher: Picador Uk | ISBN: 9781509836734 | Pages: 304

A highly entertaining story of literary friendship, epic legal battles and cultural politics centred on one of the most enigmatic writers of the 20th century Financial Times When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his friend Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfil the writer’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscripts. Instead, Brod took them with him to Palestine in 1939, and devoted the rest of his life to editing and canonizing Kafka’s work. By betraying his last wish, Brod twice rescued his legacy – first from physical destruction, and then from obscurity. In Kafka’s Last Trial, Benjamin Balint offers a gripping account of the contest for ownership that followed, ending in Israeli courts with a controversial trial – brimming with legal, ethical, and political dilemmas – that would determine the fate of Kafka’s manuscripts. This is at once a biographical portrait of a literary genius, and the story of two countries whose national obsessions with overcoming the traumas of the past came to a head in a hotly contested trial for the right to claim the literary legacy of one of our modern masters.

About the Author

Benjamin Balint taught literature, including Kafka, at the Bard College humanities program at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem for the last three years. His first book, Running Commentary, was published by PublicAffairs in 2010. His second book, Jerusalem: City of the Book (co-authored with Merav Mack), was released in 2017. His reviews and essays regularly appear in the Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Haaretz, the Weekly Standard, and the Claremont Review of Books. His translations of Hebrew poetry have appeared in the New Yorker and in Poetry International. His study of Kafka s tangled literary legacy, Kafka s Last Trial, draws on his extensive knowledge of this elusive author, and which country can lay claim to him.

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