Benjamin Balint, Kafka’s Last Trial. The Case of a Literary Legacy
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Benjamin Balint, a writer and translator living in Jerusalem, has taken the occasion of a complicated and protracted legal dispute to write a fascinating and engaging book about Franz Kafka, about Max Brod, about the vicissitudes of expulsion and exile, about the fraught dialectic of cultural legacy and national identity.
An eight-year custody battle of sorts was reaching its climax. Earlier stages of the trial -- dense with dilemmas legal, ethical, and political – had been covered in the Israeli and international press as the hearings wound their way through the Tel Aviv Family Court (September 2007 to October 2012) and the...