Titillating news for Kafka fans

Just ran across this titillating news from Publisher’s Weekly

Kafka Safety Deposit Boxes Being Opened

Craig Morgan Teicher — July 19th, 2010

Ten safety deposit boxes containing papers left by Franz Kafka to his friend and executor Max Brod, are being opened by court order in Tel-Aviv and Switzerland, where they are housed, according to Haaretz.  The boxes, which had been unopened for 40 years, belong to Eva Hoffe, who was Brod’s secretary.  Here’s more from the story:

Researchers and experts from Israel and Germany believe that some of the boxes may contain manuscripts by Kafka, widely considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, or documents that can shed additional light on the mysterious life of the artist.

The scene sounds like it came out of a movie, with suited lawyers barging into a bank where some of the boxes were kept, court order in hand, while Eva Hoffe charged in screaming in an effort to stop the boxes from being opened.  Apparently, there is a long and complicated saga leading up to this even, involving Haaretz itself filing a suit to have these papers made public.

At present, all that’s slated to happen is that the lawyers will compile an inventory of what’s in the boxes.  Then it will be up to a court to judge whether their contents are the private property of Hoffe or whether they should be transferred to a public archive.  Perhaps, for Kafka fans and scholars, there is interesting news on the way…

Source: http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/?p=437

Author: Chris Wolak

I'm cohost of the podcast Book Cougars: Two Middle-Aged Women on the Hunt for a Good Read and write about books and libraries on my blog, WildmooBooks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s