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B&P Cardozo Society Speaker Event
October 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm$10 – $18
B&P Cardozo Society Speaker Event with Jerusalem author, Benjamin Balint featuring his book, Kafka’s Last Trial
Kafka’s Last Trial:
The Case of a Literary Legacy*
When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal friend Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfill Kafka’s last instruction: to burn his manuscripts. Instead, Brod devoted his life to championing Kafka’s writing, rescuing his legacy from obscurity and physical destruction. Nearly a century later, an international legal battle erupted to determine which country could claim ownership of his work: Israel, 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 the oeuvre. Kafka’s Last Trial is a brilliant biographical portrait of a literary genius, as well as the story of two countries whose national obsessions with overcoming 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.
*Book to be released on September 18, 2018. Books will be available for purchase at event.
In partnership with
JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL
LANE & NACH P.C.