The Resource Kafka's last trial : the case of a literary legacy, Benjamin Balint

Kafka's last trial : the case of a literary legacy, Benjamin Balint

Label
Kafka's last trial : the case of a literary legacy
Title
Kafka's last trial
Title remainder
the case of a literary legacy
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Balint
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The extraordinary story of the international struggle to preserve Franz Kafka's literary legacy ... begins with Kafka's last instruction to his closest friend, Max Brod: to destroy all his remaining papers upon his death. But when the moment arrived in 1924, Brod could not bring himself to burn the unpublished works of the man he considered a literary genius--even a saint. Instead, Brod devoted his life to championing Kafka's writing, rescuing his legacy from obscurity and physical destruction. The story of Kafka's posthumous life is itself Kafkaesque. By the time of Brod's own death in Tel Aviv in 1968, Kafka's major works had been published, transforming the once little-known writer into a pillar of literary modernism. Yet Brod left a wealth of still-unpublished papers to his secretary, who sold some, held on to the rest, and then passed the bulk of them on to her daughters, who in turn refused to release them. An international legal battle erupted to determine which country could claim ownership of Kafka's work: Israel, where Kafka dreamed of living but never entered, 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. Deeply informed, with sharply drawn portraits and a remarkable ability to evoke a time and place, [this book] is at once a brilliant 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."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Balint, Benjamin
Dewey number
343.569405/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KMK46.K34
LC item number
B35 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kafka, Franz
  • Brod, Max
  • Brod, Max
  • Kafka, Franz
  • Sifriyah ha-leʼumit (Israel)
  • Deutsches Literaturarchiv (Marbach am Neckar, Germany)
  • Deutsches Literaturarchiv (Marbach am Neckar, Germany)
  • Sifriyah ha-leʼumit (Israel)
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Decedents' estates
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Trials
  • Israel
Label
Kafka's last trial : the case of a literary legacy, Benjamin Balint
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The last appeal -- "Fanatical veneration": the first to fall under Kafka's spell -- The first trial -- Flirting with the Promised Land -- First and second judgments -- Last son of the diaspora: Kafka's Jewish afterlife -- The last ingathering: Kafka in Israel -- Kafka's last wish, Brod's first betrayal -- Kafka's creator -- The last train: from Prague to Palestine -- The last tightrope dancer: Kafka in Germany -- Laurel & Hardy -- Brod's last love -- The last heiress: selling Kafka -- The last judgment -- Epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9781324001317
Lccn
2018012190
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1742471
  • (OCoLC)1023537223
  • 1710494
  • (OCoLC)on1023537223
Label
Kafka's last trial : the case of a literary legacy, Benjamin Balint
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The last appeal -- "Fanatical veneration": the first to fall under Kafka's spell -- The first trial -- Flirting with the Promised Land -- First and second judgments -- Last son of the diaspora: Kafka's Jewish afterlife -- The last ingathering: Kafka in Israel -- Kafka's last wish, Brod's first betrayal -- Kafka's creator -- The last train: from Prague to Palestine -- The last tightrope dancer: Kafka in Germany -- Laurel & Hardy -- Brod's last love -- The last heiress: selling Kafka -- The last judgment -- Epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9781324001317
Lccn
2018012190
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1742471
  • (OCoLC)1023537223
  • 1710494
  • (OCoLC)on1023537223

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