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

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

Balint, Benjamin, 1976- author

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal friend and champion Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfil Kafka's last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscripts. Instead, Brod devoted the rest of his life to canonizing Kafka as the most prescient chronicler of the 20th century. By betraying Kafka's last wish, Brod twice rescued his legacy - first from physical destruction, and then from obscurity. But that betrayal also led to an international legal battle over which country could lay claim to Kafka's legacy: Germany, where Kafka's own sister perished in the Holocaust and where he would have suffered a similar fate had he remained, or Israel? At once a brilliant biographical portrait of Kafka and Brod and the influential group of writers and intellectuals known as the Prague Circle, 'Kafka's Last Trial' offers a gripping account of the controversial trial in Israeli courts

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Picador, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Benjamin Balint
ISBN: 1509836713, 9781509836710
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: 2018.
Physical Description: 279 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Subject: Brod, Max, 1884-1968.; Prague (Czech Republic) Intellectual life 20th century.; Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924 Archives.; Literature.


  1. Chapter - 1: The Last Appeal
  2. Chapter - 2: "Fanatical Veneration": The First to Fall under Kafka's Spell
  3. Chapter - 3: The First Trial
  4. Chapter - 4: Flirting with the Promised Land
  5. Chapter - 5: First and Second Judgments
  6. Chapter - 6: Last Son of the Diaspora: Kafka's Jewish Afterlife
  7. Chapter - 7: The Last Ingathering: Kafka in Israel
  8. Chapter - 8: Kafka's Last Wish, Brod's First Betrayal
  9. Chapter - 9: Kafka's Creator
  10. Chapter - 10: The Last Train: From Prague to Palestine
  11. Chapter - 11: The Last Tightrope Dancer: Kafka in Germany
  12. Chapter - 12: Laurel & Hardy
  13. Chapter - 13: Brod's Last Love
  14. Chapter - 14: The Last Heiress: Selling Kafka
  15. Chapter - 15: The Last Heiress: Selling Kafka