Kafka Mystery Box

Via The Guardian.UK:

Franz Kafka wanted all his manuscripts to be burned after his death, but his friend Max Brod disregarded the request, seeding a complex legal battle over thousands of manuscripts that has the literary world agog. That legal tussle takes a new twist today as four safety deposit boxes in a Zurich bank containing the manuscripts are opened.

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3 responses to “Kafka Mystery Box”

  1. Wow – this is fascinating stuff, Bill. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    And I feel Pete’s pain.

  2. Good point, Pete! Ironic, too.

  3. It just occurred to me how incredibly fortunate Kafka is/was. 75-something years after his death, people are still clamoring for his works to be published, even though he wanted nobody to see them – in contrast to the vast majority of the rest of us writers, whose works nobody wants to publish, even during our lifetime and despite our relentless desire to have them published.

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