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demoleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:21 AM
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"Battle over Franz Kafka archive kept for decades in cat-infested flat"
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 05:22 AM by demoleft


"The decision by an Israeli court to issue the order has raised hopes among Kafka scholars that the papers will cast new light on the life and work of the great Czech writer.

The court order marks the end of the first chapter in a battle for control of his literary legacy, whose absurd twists could have ended up in one of his angst-ridden works.
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For now only Eva Hoffe and her sister Ruth Wisler know what is in the treasure trove, which they have tranferred to bank deposit boxes. The elderly sisters inherited the archive from their mother, Mr Brod's secretary, Esther Hoffe. Her will is being contested by the National Library of Israel, which insists she had no right to pass the documents to her daughters.

A judge gave the sisters 15 days to reach a deal with the library or the vault would be opened without their consent and the papers catalogued."

source (image apart): the telegraph.co.uk,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/is...
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:28 AM
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1. Any particular reason for keeping it locked up and hidden?
And if the cats didn't pee on the papers, what is the reporter's problem?
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demoleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:35 AM
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2. infact, the "cat-infested" sounds more like personal disgust than report!
no italian paper hinted at that. moreover, cats are very clean animals.
it must be something personal with the reporter.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:37 AM
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3. To really understand Kafka, he must be read from a "cat-infested flat".
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